Neil Aitkenhead, a leading contributor to the study of the Carboniferous rocks of northern England and a keen and loyal supporter of local geological societies, died at Addingham, West Yorkshire on the 13th of January, 2018.

Neil's father managed a rubber plantation in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and several of his siblings were born there but he himself was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School in that city where he first developed his interest in geology. From there he attended King's College, Newcastle (then part of the University of Durham), graduating in Geology in 1959....

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