Robert Frederick Symes, known universally as Bob, has been a prominent figure in British mineralogy and geology for around 50 years. I first met Bob in 1982 when he came to stay with us at our home in Dudley as a guest speaker to the West Midlands Mineral and Gemstone Society, of which I was then Secretary. I had contacted the late Peter Embrey at the Natural History Museum (NHM) to invite him to come and talk to us about his involvement in the production of a facsimile reprint of Greg and Lettsom's classic 1858 work on the mineralogy of...

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