Edinburgh built its commercial reputation on banks, biscuits, books and beer. I used to know my bank manager well, but now my friendliest point of contact is a hole in the wall. Fortunately I have had happier experiences with biscuits, books and beer. You might find this erratic progress of interest.

I finished my geological studies in Glasgow University in 1946. Sir Arthur Trueman, Head of Geology and about to become Chairman of the UGC, offered me the job of Baxter Research Demonstator in the department at a salary of £120 p.a. Manna! He added that I should do research...

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