It was with great sadness that we learned about the passing of Dr EM Bridges, our esteemed former colleague and long-time friend of ISRIC, on the 13th of September 2016. Mike, as he was fondly known, specialised in the geography and genesis of soils. He gained a BSc and an MSc from the University of Sheffield and a PhD from the University of Wales. He began his career as a soil surveyor, working in Derbyshire as a research scientist employed by Rothamsted Experimental Station. From 1961 he worked for the University of Wales at Swansea, where he became a Senior Lecturer in Geography and sub Dean of Science. During his career, he was a Visiting Lecturer at the Universities of Auckland (New Zealand), New England, Armidale (NSW, Australia), Khartoum (Sudan), and the West Indies (Trinidad). In 1986 he was a Visiting Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO) at Brisbane, Australia. Mike joined the staff of the International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC) in 1991, first to help editing a conference proceedings on "Chemical Time Bombs in Soils", and subsequently to work on the "World Inventory of Soil Emission Potentials (WISE)” project. After his retirement in 1996, and several visits to ISRIC as a consultant for the World Soil Museum, Mike became Chairman of Management Trust (Director) at the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History.