The innovation of the Chief Scientific Editor producing the annual Editorial in partnership with one of the Assistant Editors has been one of my contributions during my term of office, but it seems right that I should take on the task on my own for Volume 50. The past year saw several significant events for me, as well as for the Journal. In January 2016, Brian Hawkins passed away. I had known him throughout most of my career, and he helped me publish my first journal paper in QJEG (as it was then) back in 1978. Later, Brian Hawkins became the Chief Editor (1988–1993). I first met him while on a field visit with my fellow MSc students from Imperial College to the then brand-new Bath University, where he described the cambering found during the construction of the approach road.
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