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Christine Kelsey (1931-2017)

last modified Sep 06, 2017 01:55 PM
We are very sad to announce the death of Christine Kelsey on Wednesday 23 August.

Christine Kelsey read Natural Sciences at Girton College 1949-53 with an Exhibition in her third and fourth years. She was awarded a postgraduate research studentship in 1953 which enabled her to work on the structure of tobermorite 1953-56 (MA 1956, PhD 1958). After 21 months of post-doctoral research in Canada, Christine returned to Cambridge as a University Demonstrator in the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology 1958-63. She became a University Lecturer (1963-80) in Mineralogy and Petrology, and subsequently in the Department of Earth Sciences following the merger of the Departments of Geology and Mineralogy & Petrology. She retired in 1998.  Christine additionally held the office of Vice-Mistress of Girton College from 1987-96. 

Christine published mainly in the field of mineralogical crystallography.  Christine was married to Duncan McKie who was also a long-term University Lecturer in the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology. Together they wrote Crystalline Solids, a recommended text on one of the Earth Sciences courses.