I summarise here my life as a scientist. Except for two six month sabbaticals at Caltech and one in Heidelberg, Germany, all 60 years have been spent here at Lamont. I say “Lamont” because when I arrived in June 1952, it was Lamont Geological Observatory. It then became Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and it is now Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. I am a lucky man to have been associated with this marvellous institution. Recently, I learned that our Earth science unit was ranked number one in the U.S. As far as I’m concerned, it has always been number one. During these 6...

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