Ferguson Lecture, November 6, 2013
George Robinson was born in Glens Falls, New York in 1946. His interest in minerals began with a hobby show in third grade and continued to grow throughout his high school years, leading him to attend SUNY Potsdam, where he earned BA in geological sciences. For the next six years he taught high school Earth Science, during which time he married his wife, and well-known mineral artist, Susan. From 1974 to 1978 he attended Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) where he studied under the eminent mineralogist, Leonard Berry, and received his PhD in Geological Sciences. For the next four years he and Susan became fulltime mineral dealers, but returned to Canada in 1982, where he served as a Curator and Senior Collections Specialist at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (now Canadian Museum of Nature) for 14 years.
In 1996 he joined the faculty at Michigan Technological University, where he was employed as Curator of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and Professor of mineralogy in the Department of Geological& Mining Engineering and Sciences. His research interests include paragenetic studies of classic and new mineral occurrences, descriptions of new mineral species, and topographic mineralogy. He has over one hundred professional papers and publications to his credit, including a best-seller book, Minerals, published by Simon & Schuster in 1994. Other books he has authored include Mineralogy of Michigan, (second edition), The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum: Its History and Collections, Minerals of the Lake Superior Iron Ranges, and The Collector’s Guide to the Minerals of New York State. Dr. Robinson is well-known in the mineralogical community. He is a Research Associate at the New York State Museum, an advisory board member for the Hudson Institute for Mineralogy, and has been cited in Leaders of American Secondary Education, Dictionary of International Biography, International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, and Marqui’s Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. He has served as an associate editor for The Mineralogical Record, Rocks and Minerals, The Canadian Mineralogist and The Canadian Gemmologist, and was an abstractor for Mineralogical Abstracts. He was also a Director for the Mineralogical Record, Inc. for 25 years, and has served as a committee member for the Rochester Acade my of Science Mineralogical Symposium since 1985. In 2009 the rare lead chromate mineral, georgerobinsonite, was named in his honor, and in 2012 he was the recipient of the prestigious Carnegie Mineralogical Award.