The younger generation may be interested to learn that the late Ernest H. Nickel was a Canadian export to Australia. Born in Louth, Ontario (baptised Ernst Heinrich), he was a graduate of McMaster University (B.Sc. Hon. 1950, M.Sc. 1951) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 1953). Ernie was also a keen gardener, earned the title of National Master in bridge, spoke fluent German, read French, Italian and Russian, and was a very important mentor to many people in mineralogy. He is survived by three daughters (born to his first wife Muriel Jones, who died prematurely at 50) and by his...

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