Edgar Ralph Segnit B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Cantab), D.Sc. (Adelaide), FMA, FAIMM, was born in Adelaide to a family of German descent. He was educated at Adelaide Boys High School and went on to study geology at the University of Adelaide. Ralph’s uncle, R.W. Segnit, was assistant Government Geologist and this may account for Ralph’s interest in geology. A year or two before Ralph started at the University his uncle had published a major work on the Precambrian–Cambrian succession in South Australia; a work which was much criticized by Sir Douglas Mawson, Professor of Geology at the University of Adelaide. Despite...

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