Ru Smith grew up in Yorkshire, northern England. Educated in Earth Sciences at Durham and Cambridge universities, he has lived and worked (as a geologist) in England, the Netherlands, Gabon, Norway, Oman, USA and Malaysia. He has published widely on marine sedimentology and computer modelling of subsurface geology as well as on topics in palaeobiology. Interests in Natural History include wildlife photography, palaeontology and mineralogy.
New species named for him include Burmacyrtus rusmithi (a Cretaceous insect in Myanmar amber) and Boreopeltis smithi (an exceptionally well preserved Cretaceous vampyromorph cephalopod).
His mineralogical interests have focused on the northern England minerals (his great-great-great-great-grandfather was agent at the Allenheads and Coalcleugh mines) and the phenomenon of crystal twinning. Collection labels are compact (35 x 26 mm), with catalogue numbers in the form RS.M0000 (reaching RS.M1477 in December 2016).
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