Members will be sad to hear of the death of Mike Bown at the age of 93. For Cambridge alumni, Mike will be remembered with great affection as a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher of crystallography and mineralogy (Fig. 1). Those of us who had the good fortune to be on the staff with him will also remember his warmth and generosity, as well as his sharp wit and invariable good humour.

Mike was an undergraduate at Clare College, Cambridge, starting in 1946. He had been awarded a scholarship to read Natural Sciences and chose Physics in Part II....

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