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Harry Foster Bain, American mining engineer. Member Common for Relief in Belgium, 1915-1916. Lecturer on economics geology. University of Iowa, 1897. University of Chicago, 1903-1904.; Fellow Geological Society American; member American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (secretary since 1925), Mining and Metallurgical Society America, Canadian Mining Institute, Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Background

After his undergraduate work at Moore's Hill College, he obtained a Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago in 1897. From 1893 to 1900 he was assistant state geologist of Iowa; a little later, from 1905 to 1909, while state geologist of Illinois and director of the Illinois Geological Survey, he performed outstanding work in the Wisconsin-Illinois zinc area. He resigned from government service to enter professional work and subsequently assumed editorship of leading American and British technical publications. In 1921 he was appointed director of the United States Bureau of Mines, where he remained until 1925. On a professional trip to the Orient, he met Manuel Quezon, then president of the Philippine Commonwealth, who persuaded him to become his mineral adviser, and he remained in that capacity until the outbreak of World War II. He was largely responsible for strengthening the mining industry of the Philippines, as well as instituting government policy toward mining development that established it firmly in the country's economy.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Moores Hill College, 1890. Post-graduate study. Johns Hopkins University, 1891-1893. Doctor of Philosophy. from University of Chicago, 1897.

Career

December, 1902; 1 daughter, Margaret. Assistant Iowa Geological Survey, 1893-1895. Assistant state geologist.

Iowa, 1895-1900; manager mines, Idaho Springs and Cripple Creek, Colorado, 1901-1903. Geologist, United States Geological Survey, 1903-1906. Director Illinois Geological Survey, 1905-1909.

Editor Mining and Scientific Press, San Francisco, April, 1909-1915. Editor Mining Magazine, London, 1915-1916. Explorations in Far East, 1916-1917, 1920.

Assistant director, United States bureau of Mines. April 1918-1919. director, 1921-1924. Construction engineering Argentine, 1924-1925, Columbia, 1929.

Works

  • reference book

    • Ores and Industry in the Far East

    • Ores and Industry in South America.

Membership

Member Common for Relief in Belgium, 1915-1916. Lecturer on economics geology. University of Iowa, 1897.

University of Chicago, 1903-1904. Fellow Geological Society American. Member American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (secretary since 1925), Mining and Metallurgical Society America, Canadian Mining Institute, Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Clubs: University (Urbana, Illinois).

Connections

Married Mary Wright.

mother:
Radie (Foster) Bain