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Van King

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Van King has uploaded:
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Van King is from Maine, USA and started mineral collecting in 1959. He graduated with an B.A. from the University of Maine at Orono in Earth Science. He was an environmental geologist and high school teacher and returned to the State University of New York and received an M.S. in Geochemistry specializing in granite pegmatites of Newry, Maine. He entered the Ph. D. program at the State University of New York researching mica structures and synthesis and is ABD. In 1979 through 1987, he was staff mineralogist for Ward's Natural Science Establishment and then became a professional mineralogical consultant and scientific writer and continues in that capacity. His consulting specialties include writing, technical photography, mineral appraisals, and museum consulting.
He was a columnist and editor of Rocks and Minerals magazine and an editor for Matrix, vice-president of the Friends of Mineralogy national chapter, board member of the Canadian Micromineralogists Association, president and fellow of the Mineral Section of Rochester Academy of Science, co-chairman of the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium, co-founder, secretary, and vice-president of the Geoliterary Society, co-founder of the Systematic Mineral Dealer's Association, chairman of the Mineral Critical Areas Program, adjunct professor at Empire State College and Hudson Institute of Mineralogy. He has written, co-authored, or edited 18 mineralogical books, including: Dana's System of Mineralogy, eighth edition (co-author), Mineralogy of Maine (2 volumes), Bernard and Hyrsyl's Handbook of Mineralogy (contributing editor), Maine Feldspar Families and Feuds, Collector's Guide to Granite Pegmatites, and Nature's Garden of Crystals, and others. He was outside editor and contributor to volumes 4 and 5 of Anthony et al.'s Handbook of Mineralogy. He has over 250 peer reviewed articles. He has two books near completion with four others in research. He has presented mineralogical over 350 lectures in 22 states in the USA and has also lectured in United Kingdom, Poland,and Canada. His primary professional interests include systematic mineralogy, granite pegmatites, mineralogical and geological history, photography, micromounting, and field collecting.

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First message posted:29th Jul 2008
Latest message posted:29th Sep 2020

My Latest Discussions and Replies

Jan 2020Nimite verificationPosted by Van King in Photos.Sep 201962 imagesPhotos of people who have minerals named for themPosted by Van King. 133 replies in Improving 2019Paul Moore has passedPosted by Van King. 5 replies in General.Dec 2017Swedish mineral name challengePosted by Van King. 8 replies in Education.Nov 2016Franklin - Ogdens burg photos of microminerals wantedPosted by Van King. One reply in Techniques for Collectors.Nov 2016Franklin- Ogdensburg mineral photos solicitedPosted by Van King in Mineral Photography.Jul 2016Gerald "Jerry" V. Gibbs [1929-2015]Posted by Van King. 2 replies in General.May 2016Rock Currier pictures and storiesPosted by Van King. 3 replies in General.May 2016Another Mineralogist without a known imagePosted by Van King in Education.May 2016Link to Atlas/planches of the Turner catalog by Levy?Posted by Van King. 5 replies in Education.May 2016Is there no image known for Henry Heuland for whom heulandite was named?Posted by Van King. 3 replies in Education.May 2016Mineral Photos of people whose minerals are now varietiesPosted by Van King. 4 replies in Improving 2016Heyer: famous mineral collector of Dresdem Germany in 1820sPosted by Van King. 6 replies in General.Mar 2016Need a good photo of William H. Keating - Franklin Institute PhiladelphiaPosted by Van King. 4 replies in General.Jul 2015Franklin-Ogdensburg mineral photos neededPosted by Van King in General.May 2015Call for Franklin-Ogdensburg, NJ mineral photographsPosted by Van King in Minerals and Museums.Apr 2015How many micro-mineral photographers in the North East of the USA?Posted by Van King. 4 replies in Mineral Photography.Mar 2015Neues JahrbuchPosted by Van King. One reply in Improving 2015New book about mica mining, history, NH, NCPosted by Van King. 6 replies in Education.Nov 2014Cleveland Micromount Symposium and Franklin MineralsPosted by Van King. One reply in Techniques for Collectors.

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