It is with deep sadness that we record the death of Professor Ichiro Sunagawa, who died from pneumonia on 20 December 2012. He was born in Hamamatsu although his family ‘clan’ had long lived in the village which gave rise to the family name – Sunagawa-machi (now renamed Kashiwa-cho, situated in the city of Tachikawa, west of Tokyo). Professor Sunagawa was educated at Tohoku Imperial University, gaining a BSc in mineralogy and then joined the Japanese Geological Survey in 1948 as a researcher. In 1957 he was awarded a PhD by Hokkaido University for his thesis ‘Morphological variations in pyrite’....

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