My partner, Chris Binns, who has died aged 74, was an inspiring lecturer with wide cultural and intellectual interests, and a warm-hearted man with a great sense of humour.
He was born in Chard, Somerset, son of Max Binns, a journalist, and his wife, Margaret (nee Perris). He attended Devonport high school for boys in Plymouth. After a disrupted childhood due to the early death of his father, Chris read classics at Oxford. From there, a travelling scholarship enabled him to visit Greece, and thus began his lifelong love of the country and its landscape.