J. Desmond Clark
I cannot claim to have known Desmond
well at a personal level, as our meetings usually happened at conferences,
going back over 25 years. But I feel I know him very well from his
publications. One of the most important for me was his 1975 paper
"Africa in prehistory: peripheral or paramount?", which
I regard as one of the foundations of the model of modern human
origins known as "Out of Africa". But important as that
was, Desmond will be remembered for much much more, as these many
tributes show. He was someone whose interests were both deep and
wide, and who inspired so many others to share his excitement in
studying our past.
-Chris Stringer, British Museum
of Natural History.