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On 23 January the world lost another legendary figure in geochemistry. Born in Bristol to an English father and French mother, Robert Brooks spent the first 30 years of his life in England. During that period he served in the British army in the Middle East and East Africa, then attended Bristol University from which he received his BSc (Hons) in Chemistry in 1952. After working for a while as an analytical chemist, he moved to South Africa in 1956 and, under the tutorship of Louis Ahrens, received a PhD in Geochemistry from the University...

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