The death of the English pioneer of applied geochemistry, Emeritus Professor John Stuart Webb in April 2007 marked the end of an era. Under his leadership, applications in exploration geochemistry at the Geochemical Prospecting Research Centre (GPRC), founded by him in the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, in 1954, broadened out to embrace regional geochemistry; applied marine geochemistry, especially the investigation of metalliferous brines and manganese nodules; agricultural and environmental geochemistry; multi-purpose geochemical mapping; and, in more recent years, urban geochemistry. To reflect this widening field of applications, in 1963 the GPRC was renamed...

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