Andrew Ford Seager was born in west London in 1920. His mother was a music teacher and his father a solicitor. He attended St Paul’s School and, in 1939, went on to read geology at King’s College, London. At the outbreak of the second world war, however, King’s was evacuated to Bristol University and it was there that he spent his undergraduate years. He suffered from asthma, particularly as a child. One result of this handicap was that in his childhood he spent more than average time in his local library where he found and read L.J. Spencer’s The World’s...

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