Chapter 1

To university


Dan McKenzie won a scholarship to King’s College Cambridge to study Natural Sciences, starting in 1960. The first year of the course is broad; after picking physics and chemistry, alongside maths, he was faced with a choice between geology and physiology. “The school library was full of medical textbooks, but the school didn’t teach geology and the only books it had were Lyell’s Principles of Geology and Geikie’s Ancient Volcanoes of the British Isles”, said McKenzie. The competition between these and the standard medical texts was simply not a competition.” Geology it was.

MAP REFERENCE: Map of the Tertiary Volcanic Region of the Inner Hebrides, from Archibald Geikie, ‘Ancient Volcanoes of Great Britain’ (1897).