I outline and discuss my career in the context of the history of structural geology and tectonics, the progressive developments that led to plate tectonics, the people who have encouraged and influenced me, the events that changed my life, my fifty six doctoral students who have taught me so much, and my principal interests in tectonics. I discuss, in particular, nine topics of special current interest: the evolution of Tibet, the geomorphology of the British Isles, transtension, the Precambrian, the complexities of plate boundary evolution, Appalachian–Caledonian evolution, ophiolites, the structure and strength of the lithosphere, and the subducting slab.

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