Education provides the passport to life; it is character – created by an indefinable mix of genes, parenting, environment and belief – that charts the course and stages the achievements. Arthur's education was as good as any, but it was his character that led to success. He grew up in wartime and post-war England. I know of no other person, certainly in England at that time, whose university entrance examination included geology. This was not taught at his school, he learned from books and from solo fieldwork. This led to Cambridge University, where he became president of the Sedgwick Club,...

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