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I studied geology at Aberystwyth University College of Wales between 1971 and 1974.  After five years Aberystwythworking for the Institute of Geological Sciences  I embarked on a career of cement making with Blue Circle Cement (now Lafarge). After a period as a consultant using microscopy as a tool in cement and concrete manufacture with WHD Microanalysis Consultants I worked with Consulting Engineers Mott MacDonald for a few years before accepting a position at Rugby Cement (which soon became RMC then CEMEX).  

Most people I encounter professionally agree that I have a breadth of experience in the manufacture and use of cement which can be beneficial to all sides of the industry.  My philosophy at work has always been that with the arrival of vertical integration the different parts of the concrete industry and indeed the different responsibilities within a cement plant do not need to compete with each other but can produce more economical goods of better quality by working together and trying to understand each other's positions.  I left CEMEX at the end of 2007.  

arthur HarrissonSince then I have been offering my services to various bodies and have carried out technical training (essentially cement chemistry and microscopy) in the UK, Australia, Malaysia, the Middle East and Ireland and have done assessments of raw materials from Moldova and Armenia.   I write a monthly article for International Cement Review and have been invited to make technical presentations at several CemNet conferences.  

Before attending University I was at St Joseph's College, Beulah Hill in South London, where I studied for seven years and where I took my "O" and "A" level GCE exams.  St Joseph's was then a
Catholic Independant Grammar School.  I am sure that many of my values and preconceptions about the World stem from that time and from my close and loving family.  I can think of many worse environments in which to form values and I am grateful for what I have.  

Between school and University I took a year out to work with the organisation, "Voluntary Service Overseas".  I spent the year in what was then the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, working with the Malaria Eradication Programme funded
Solomon Islands by the World Health Organisation.  As life changing experiences go I guess this was quite moderate, but as an eighteen year old who had never been abroad, never flown, never been away from the family for more than a week I was alone in a hut on the eastern end of Guadalcanal  in charge of a team of medical technicians and spraymen.  Fording river mouths where shark and crocodile attacks were not unknown, climbing across the central mountain range where the number of previous European visitors could be counted on two hands, sailing through cyclones and tsunamis in small boats, diving on coral reefs for clams and shells, visiting some of the most extraordinary and beautiful places in the World, my sense of values matured further and I became more aware of my place in the human race.  

At Aberystwyth I met my wife Eileen, although it was to be a further eleven years before we re-met and married.  We have two children, Juliette a classicist and Ed a musician.  Eileen is an artist currently studying for a Masters degree back at Aberystwyth and it is a great pleasure for me to accompany her back to that beautiful place.

A Harrisson 2011