Dorian G.W. Smith was born in London, England, in 1934. After his schooling, he did national service with the Royal Air Force in the UK and Germany, kindling an interest in flying which later led to a pilot's license. He then studied at University College London before moving to the University of Alberta for his MSc. His timing was excellent: while in Edmonton, thousands of meteorites fell nearby at Bruderheim, and he helped to collect them. These samples became the nucleus of the University of Alberta's meteorite collection, which he was to curate later. He returned to the UK for...

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