It was with some surprise that I received an invitation from Sarah Gleeson, one of the editors of Geochemical Perspectives, to contribute my scientific life story. As I am neither a geochemist nor a research scientist, the initial reaction was to decline as gracefully as possible. My professional life has been devoted to the practice of mineral exploration, in particular for copper and gold deposits. Nonetheless, I have always been a firm believer in the integration of cutting edge geoscience into the exploration process and, in keeping with this aim, have endeavoured to stay abreast of the latest geological...

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