Frederick Thomas Banner, a world-renowned scientist, expert on benthic and planktonic foraminifera, and friend and colleague to many micropaleontologists, died on the 16th February 2006 in his 76th year after a short illness.

Fred’s diverse and pioneering studies on both benthic and planktonic foraminifera over a 40-year career have greatly influenced our science. He is perhaps best known for his work with Walter Blow on Oligocene to Quaternary globigerine biostratigraphy. Several classic papers, still relevant almost half a century later, resulted from this collaboration, which occurred whilst both Banner and Blow were employed by British Petroleum (BP). But Fred’s first...

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