Graham Chinner is remembered by colleagues and past students for his friendly helpfulness as much as his penetrating insight into processes of metamorphism of rocks in the complicated scenario of mountain building.

Graham came to Cambridge as a graduate student in 1955 and, after a spell in the Carnegie Institution of Washington where he undertook experimental petrology on the stability of garnets, returned as researcher and lecturer at Cambridge. He was a fellow at Trinity College, with spells as Dean and as Senior tutor. Graham's mild and self-effacing nature hid a research mind that was very much ahead of its...

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