Fifty years ago, in 1957, George Scott took up his first and only professional appointment, as a foraminiferal micropaleontologist at the New Zealand Geological Survey in Lower Hutt. Although now retired from paid employment, he still goes in to work to undertake foraminiferal research nearly every day. Thus, George is now the Southern Hemisphere’s most experienced foraminiferal research scientist. Throughout his career, he has been a world leader in studies on the evolution of foraminifera using biometrics, statistical evaluation and quantification of foraminiferal data, and evolution of planktic foraminifera with emphasis on Southern Hemisphere temperate lineages. George Scott, along with...

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