The highly distinguished palynologist Arthur Harold Victor Smith, universally known by his middle forename Harold, died on 4 January 2023 at the age of 99. Harold Smith was a pioneer in Carboniferous palynology, coal petrology, coal provenance, and the study of thermal maturation. He spent almost his entire career, between 1952 and 1987, as a palynologist at the National Coal Board (NCB) where he helped with the evaluation of Britain’s coal resources. Despite the high-pressure demands of industrial palynology, Harold published extensively on the biostratigraphy, palaeoecology, and taxonomy of Carboniferous miospores. Without question, his career highlight was the publication of...

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