Joseph Victor Smith was arguably one of the most productive and influential crystallographers of the 20th century. After graduating at the University of Cambridge (1st Class Honours Natural Science Tripos – Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Mineralogy) in 1951, he turned to postgraduate work in crystallography, a discipline in which he was destined to excel. Always precise and brimming with energy, Joe was a man of high intellect and full of curiosity, a wonderful cocktail of attributes in any man, but particularly so in a scientist, particularly the curiosity. This combination resulted in a prolific research career (he published over 400...

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