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James Robert Temple Hazell, known to many as Robin Hazell, passed away in March 2017, in Bodmin, Cornwall, aged 89, after a professional life spanning close to 70 years. Robin’s main contributions addressed the exploration for and development of groundwater especially in hard rock areas. Much of this work was undertaken in the country of his first overseas posting, Nigeria, and was primarily spent in the field. He started his career in south and east Nigeria mapping groundwater resources and uncovering links between geology, baseflow and the likelihood of surface water being contaminated. In northern Nigeria he developed conceptual models for how groundwater existed in fractured rocks, and the importance of mineralogy and fractures, and used this knowledge to help site many thousands of successful boreholes. Perhaps Robin’s greatest legacy, however, was his generosity in teaching and mentoring other hydrogeologists. Robin’s last public contribution was his paper at the conference on Groundwater in Fractured Rocks, the subject of this Special Publication.

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