John Wellington Finch, American geologist, engineer. member Association of State Geologists, 1930-1934,; member American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Society Economic Geologists, American Association Petroleum Geologists, Colorado Scientific Society (president 1929-1930), Sigma Xi, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Sigma Tau, Delta Kappa Epsilon.
Instructor in geology and physics, Colgate, 1898, in geology, University of Chicago, 1899. State geologist of Colorado, 1901-1902. Consulting engineer at various times for Guggenheim Exploration Company, Venture Corporation (London, England.), Amalgamated and Anaconda copper companies, Hayden, Stone & Company, J. P. Morgan & Company, William Boyce Thompson, Newmont Corporation, etc., vice-president and general manager New York Orient Mines Company, 1916-1922.
Director Anglo-American Corporation of South Africa, 1921-1922. Exploration in China, Siam and India, 1916-1920, Africa, 1921, Turkey and Near East, 1922. Vice president Yunnan Ming Hsing Mining Limited company, since 1920.
Industrial adviser to governor of Yunnan, China, 1922-1925. Professor economic geology, Colorado School of Mines, 1926-1930. Dean of School of Mines, University of Idaho, 1930-1934.
Director Idaho State Bureau of Mines and Geology, 1930-1934. Director United States Anaconda Copper Mining Company, Bureau of Mines, 1934-1940. Consulting engineer, New York, 1940-1945.
Member Association of State Geologists, 1930-1934.