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The adventures of a geologist: From shipwrecks to mapping the Arctic


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The adventures of a geologist: From shipwrecks to mapping the Arctic

Before directing the Oxford Museum of Natural History, Paul Smith mapped remote Greenland and was once left stranded when his ship went down 20 November 2019 As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I read Gerald Durrell’s books over and over and was attracted to his life of travel…

The adventures of a geologist: From shipwrecks to mapping the Arctic

Before directing the Oxford Museum of Natural History, Paul Smith mapped remote Greenland and was once left stranded when his ship went down


20 November 2019

Paul Smith

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I read Gerald Durrell’s books over and over and was attracted to his life of travel and collecting animals. This is more or less what I ended up doing – except all the animals are dead.

Explain your work in one easy paragraph.

I am director of Oxford University Museum of Natural History. I also do research and teaching in geology and palaeontology.

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How did you end up working in this field?

In my mid-20s, I had a …

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