Most special issues of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences are conceived from national projects such as the lithoprobe transect series, international conference sessions on specific topics, or the retirement of a research titan in some specific specialty of the earth sciences. However, this issue was initiated by David Strangway’s obituary article in The Globe and Mail newspaper on Thursday, January 12, 2017, when I was awestruck by the magnitude of his remarkable contributions to magnetic and electromagnetic research, to science in general, and to university education in Canada in particular. The attached biographical notes and list of publications provide...

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