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Jack Donald Burgess, a former President of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP, 1978–1979) and one of the pioneers in applying the microscopic analysis of organic matter to assess the thermal maturity of sedimentary rocks, passed away on 6 April 2016 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He had a long career in organic geochemistry, petrology and palynology, spanning around 60 years. Jack graduated in 1949 from the University of Illinois, having majored in geology with a minor in botany. In 1955 he earned a master's from the University of Missouri, again majoring...

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