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In memoriam: John Ramsay (1931–2021)
Swiss Journal of Geosciences ( IF 1.577 ) Pub Date : 2021-02-22 , DOI: 10.1186/s00015-021-00387-5
Neil Mancktelow

Prof. John Ramsay, who contributed so much to field-based structural geology research and teaching over his varied and intense career, died on 12 January 2021, only a few months short of his 90th birthday.

John had a real passion for the geometric beauty of rocks, especially deformed rocks, which he quietly but enthusiastically instilled into a large number of students and colleagues over the years. His photographs of rocks and thin sections, as well as his remarkably detailed and clear field maps, were natural works of art. This was a basic tenet of his whole career, from his PhD at Loch Monar in Scotland to the amazing maps he was still producing in the Glenelg area, also in Scotland, as presented at the poster session of the 2014 Tectonic Studies Group (TSG) meeting in Cardiff. In his books, papers and lectures, John presented methods for the description, analysis, and interpretation of these naturally observed structures that are now fundamental to modern structural geology.

The irony is that John may never have followed a scientific career. His other passion was music, having studied cello in his youth. He had the great fortune of being assigned to the orchestra of the Corps of Royal Engineers during his compulsory military service and it was a difficult decision subsequently whether to continue a career in music or in science.

Luckily for science, he went on to study at Imperial College London, progressing to his PhD and joining the teaching staff. During this period, he published his first and still classic textbook “Folding and Fracturing of Rocks” and started a Master's course in structural geology, which was hugely influential and whose attendees are like a who’s who of the next generation of international structural geologists. While at Imperial he was also an initiator of the UK Tectonic Studies Group, organising its first meeting in 1970. He then moved as Professor and Head of Department to Leeds University for a short time before taking up a position in 1977 at ETH Zurich. While continuing to strongly support and personally participate in field-based studies, both in the Alps and internationally, John also instigated laboratories for microstructural analysis and analogue deformation. His love for the field and for natural observation was a fundamental part of his teaching and he introduced and led many field mapping courses and excursions. As well as numerous papers he also, as lead author, eventually published three different volumes of textbooks on “The Techniques of Modern Structural Geology”.

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John Ramsay during his time at ETH Zurich, 1980 (Image: ETH Library).

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John Ramsay during an excursion and mapping course in Scotland, 1986 (Image: Neil Mancktelow)

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At 60, John retired early with his wife Dorothee to a farm in the Ardèche region of France, where he found more time to devote himself to his earlier passion of music, both teaching and running workshops. He also had time to compose: four of his string quartets are already available commercially, played by the renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet (METIER MSV 28528). He still found time for geology, attending conferences, leading excursions and, as noted above, continuing field mapping, especially in the Glenelg area. Unfortunately, John is now no longer with us – he will be missed but very much remembered.

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Mancktelow, N. In memoriam: John Ramsay (1931–2021). Swiss J Geosci 114, 7 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s00015-021-00387-5

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中文翻译:

纪念:约翰·拉姆齐(John Ramsay,1931年-2021年)

约翰·拉姆齐(John Ramsay)教授在他丰富多样的职业生涯中为实地结构地质研究和教学做出了巨大贡献,他于2021年1月12日去世,距离他90岁生日只有短短几个月的时间。

约翰对岩石,尤其是变形岩石的几何美感充满了真正的热情,多年来,他默默地但热情地将其灌输给大量的学生和同事。他的岩石和薄片照片,以及极为详尽清晰的实地图,都是自然的艺术品。这是他整个职业生涯的基本原则,从他在苏格兰莫纳尔湖的博士学位到他还在苏格兰格莱内尔格地区仍在制作的令人惊叹的地图,这在2014年构造研究小组(TSG)的海报发布会上做了介绍。在加的夫开会。在他的书籍,论文和演讲中,John提出了描述,分析和解释这些自然观察的结构的方法,这些方法现在已成为现代结构地质的基础。

具有讽刺意味的是,约翰可能从未从事过科学事业。他的另一爱好是音乐,他从小就学习大提琴。在他的义务兵役期间,他有幸被任命为皇家工程师团的乐团,随后是否继续从事音乐或科学事业是一个艰难的决定。

出于科学方面的幸运,他继续在伦敦帝国理工大学学习,获得博士学位并加入了教职员工。在此期间,他出版了他的第一本也是经典的教科书《岩石的折叠与压裂》,并开设了结构地质学硕士课程,该课程具有巨大的影响力,参加者就像是下一代国际结构地质学家。在Imperial任职期间,他还是英国构造研究小组的发起人,于1970年组织了第一次会议。随后,他担任利兹大学的教授兼系主任一小段时间,然后于1977年在苏黎世联邦理工学院任职。在继续大力支持并亲自参加阿尔卑斯山和国际上的野外研究的同时,约翰还鼓励实验室进行微观结构分析和模拟变形。他对田野和自然观察的热爱是他教学的基本组成部分,他介绍并领导了许多田野测绘课程和短途旅行。除了主要论文,他还发表了大量论文,最终出版了三卷不同的教科书,分别是“现代结构地质技术”。

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约翰·拉姆齐(John Ramsay),1980年在苏黎世联邦理工学院任职(图片:联邦理工学院图书馆)。

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约翰·拉姆齐(John Ramsay)于1986年在苏格兰进行的远足和制图课程中(图片来源:尼尔·曼克特洛)

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约翰60岁时,与妻子多萝西(Dorothee)提前退休,来到了法国阿德什地区的一个农场,在那里他找到了更多的时间投入到对音乐的热爱中,无论是在教学还是在工作室举办。他还有时间作曲:他的四个弦乐四重奏已经可以在市场上买到,由著名的Fitzwilliam弦乐四重奏(METIER MSV 28528)演奏。他仍然有时间进行地质工作,参加会议,进行主要旅行以及如上所述的继续进行实地测绘,特别是在格莱内尔格地区。不幸的是,约翰现在已经不在我们身边了-他会想念他,但会非常记得。

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