The distinguished hydrogeologist Wiktor Bakiewicz has died. He was born in Poland in 1930 and he and his family moved to the UK shortly after the Second World War. He studied geology in London and, after a stint as a geophysical logger with Schlumberger in Latin America, embarked on a career in hydrogeology. Wiktor became the chief hydrogeologist with Hunting Technical Services and then Sir M MacDonald and Partners (now Mott MacDonald). His formative experiences in hydrogeology were in Pakistan, where he worked on major tubewell irrigation and drainage projects alongside groundwater engineers such as Roy Stoner and the late Don Milne. In a long career in consultancy, Wiktor undertook groundwater development projects in many countries, including Australia, Burma, Greece, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Thailand and Yemen. He was a friend and mentor to many colleagues, including this writer.
Bruce Misstear, Secretary General IAH