Norman Falcon was a man of intellect, integrity and reserve. His skill, at times almost intuitive, in his chosen profession of petroleum geology was greatly admired and his judgement greatly respected by both colleagues and contemporaries alike. He had an understanding of his subject that reached out beyond the given wisdom of the day, which in turn could lead him to innovation and boldness in his self–confident application of his science, qualities wanting in workers of lesser calibre. His paramount interest was in the practical application of science, yet he always held a strong interest in and gladly supported the research of others. His work therefore was characterized by the application and use of his expertise and by giving direction to and supervising others, rather than by the pursuit of research into new realms of geology.