In May 2009, the lecture theatre at the Geological Society is being named after the late Professor Janet Watson and the purpose of this appreciation is to summarize the debt that the Society and the geosciences community at large owes to this influential geologist. Professor Janet Watson's untimely death in 1985 at the age of 61 brought to an end a distinguished career in the Earth sciences. Her contribution is to be measured not only by the number and range of her own published work, impressive though that is, but also by that of the many postgraduate students whom she...

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