One purpose of the Geochemical Perspectives series on scientific careers is to explore how one became involved with geochemistry in the first place since very few people are aware of this scientific discipline in their early days and unless one’s parents were geochemists it would be easy to sail through one’s primary education without any knowledge or awareness of geochemistry. In my case I was not only unaware of geochemistry but I literally did not know about the science of geology or even the broader field of earth science.

For my European and Asian colleagues who tend to have much...

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