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mineralogist , museum director

Peter Charles Keller, Museum director, mineralogist ( hum: mus., Cons.)museum director, mineralogist. Fellow Leakey Foundation, Explorers; member International Commission Museum, American Association Museum, Mineral. Society American, Gemol. Association Great Britain, International Mineral. Association (United States representative for mus.), Geological Society American, Mineral. Society Great Britain, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi.


Keller, Peter Charles was born on August 16, 1947 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Charles Donald and Barbara Jean (Miller) Keller.


Bachelor, George Washington University, 1972. Master of Arts, University Texas, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, University Texas, 1977.


Curator minerology Los Angeles County Museum, 1976—1980. Director education Gemological Institute American, Santa Monica, 1980—1984. Lecturer geology University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1980—1987.

Associate directors Los Angeles County Museum Natural History, 1987—1991. Executive director Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, since 1991.


  • Graduate gemologist 1980.


  • Other Work

    • Associate editor: Gems and Gemology. Contributor articles in field to professional journals.


Trustee Natural History Museum Foundation, 1980—1984. Treasurer Mineral Museum Advisory Council, 1984. Fellow: Explorers Club, Leakey Foundation.

Member: Mineral Society Great Britain, Geological Society of America, International Mineral Association (United States representative for museum), Gemol. Association Great Britain, Mineral society American, American Association Museum, International Commission Museum, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi.


Children: Bret Charles, Elizabeth Austin.

Charles Donald Keller

Barbara Jean (Miller) Keller

Bret Charles Keller

Elizabeth Austin Keller