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CHARLES PETER BERKEY

geologist , instructor

American geologist was an instructor in geology at the University of Minnesota and Columbia University. A specialist in geology as applied to engineering, Berkey was employed by the state geological surveys of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New York. He was frequently consulted by mining and engineering concerns.

Background

CHARLES PETER BERKEY, the American geologist, was born in Goshen, Ind., Mar. 25, 1867.

Education

Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, 1892, Master of Science, 1893, Doctor of Philosophy., 1897, honorary Doctor of Science, 1940. Honorary Doctor of Science, Columbia University, 1929.

Career

He retired from Columbia University as professor emeritus.

A specialist in geology as applied to engineering, Berkey was employed by the state geological surveys of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New York. He was also consulting geologist of the water supply departments of New York, Massachusetts, and Los Angeles, consulting engineer for the United States Reclamation Bureau of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and geologist for the Port of New York Authority.

He was executive secretary and president of the Geological Society of America. He was frequently consulted by mining and engineering concerns, and his publications include works on the geology of Mongolia, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Mississippi Valley, Puerto Rico, and the Gobi Desert.

Membership

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member of New York Academy Sciences (past president), Rochester Academy Science, Geological Society China. American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Municipal Engineers City of New York, American Society Civil Engineers (honorary), American Philosophical Society, National Academy Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Gamma Delta.

Member Geological Society of London.

Connections

Married Mninie M. Best, September 4, 1894. Children: Paul Ainsworth, Virginia Dale.

children:
Paul Ainsworth Berkey

Virginia Dale Berkey