Neville, or ‘Nev’ to his friends and family, grew up in Lancashire, attended Colne Grammar School, and then Manchester University where he graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Geology (1958) and a PhD in Mineralogy and Petrology (1962). In January 1962 he was recruited into a British Government (Overseas Geological Surveys) post of Mineralogist to the Tanganyika (Tanzania) Geological Survey in Dodoma. The G.S. was somewhat unique in that it developed and provided a source of many very competent earth scientists who went on to occupy senior career positions worldwide in public, international and private mineral industry fields....

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