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Richard Maxwell Pearl

geologist , educator.

Richard Maxwell Pearl, American geologist, educator.


Pearl, Richard Maxwell was born on May 4, 1913 in New York City. Son of Morse and Etta (Stocker) Pearl.


Bachelor of Arts, University Colorado, 1939, Master of Arts, 1940. A.M., Harvard University, 1946.


Instructor geology U. Colorado, 1940. Engaged in mineral supply business, Denver, 1941. Process engineer du Pont Company, Denver, 1941-1942.

Geologist Shell Oil Corporation, Tulsa, 1944. Member of faculty Colorado College, Colorado Springs, 1946-1980, professor, 1962-1980, curator minerals, 1977-1980. Public, editor-in-chief Earth Science magazine, 1973-1980, Minerals magazine, Mineralogy magazine, Mineral Products and Resources magazine, 1977-1980, Gem Studies magazine, Cadillac magazine, Zyzzogeton magazine, 1978-1980.

Visiting professor Phoenix College, Denver U., Pueblo College. Professor extension div. U. Colorado; geological consultant Colorado Wonderland, Walt Disney Prodns., McGraw-Hill Book Company, Aero.

Library, United States Air Force Academy. President Mineral Parks of Colorado. Adviser mineralogy and geology Denver Public Library.

Member geology advisory panel University Texas at Dallas. Public Mineral Book Company, Maxwell Public Company Seigneur, May Island, Gulf Islands, Canada Board advisory Detroit Concert Band.


  • Author numerous books, syndicated newspaper columns, journal and magazine articles. Editor: Mineral Minutes. Contributor to several encys., anthologies.

    Discoverer 3 Colorado minerals.


Served with United States Army, 1942-1944. American Federation Mineral Socs. scholar, 1964. Fellow Gemological Association Great Britain and Ireland (with distinction), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Meteoritical Society, American Geography Society, Geological Society American, Mineral.

Society American, Gemological Association Australia (honorary vice president). Member Gemological Institute American (certified), Rocky Mountain Federation Mineral. Socs. (founder), American Federation Mineral Socs.

(co-founder), Colorado Mineral Society (co-founder), Colorado Science Society (honorary). Clubs: Rocky Mountain Harvard, Explorers (fellow), Winter Night, Torch, Kiwanis.


Married Mignon Wardell, June 13, 1941.

Morse Pearl

Etta (Stocker) Pearl

Mignon Wardell