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February 14, 2011


Carnegie Museum of Natural History Announces the Winner of the 2010 Carnegie Mineralogical Award

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania … Carnegie Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce that one of the most important mineralogy events in America—The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium (RMS) —is the winner of the 2010 Carnegie Mineralogical Award. RMS takes place annually in western New York State and attracts mineral collectors worldwide. Former Carnegie Museum of Natural History Director Sam Taylor presented RMS Chairman Steve Chamberlain with the award on February 12 at the 2011 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. The Carnegie Mineralogical Award honors outstanding contributions in mineralogical preservation, conservation, and education, and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the fields of mineralogy, lapidary art, and geology.
            “Since 1974 the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium has been the venue for professionals, students, and serious collectors to gather to discuss cutting-edge scientific work in mineralogy, what’s new in minerals, and even the history of mineralogy,” says Carnegie Museum mineralogist Marc L. Wilson. “We are really pleased to honor the most prestigious mineral symposium in North America.” 
            The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium was founded in 1974 as an annual event for the exchange of information about specimen mineralogy in all its various aspects. The event is affiliated with the Rochester Academy of Science, but is operated entirely by volunteers and has drawn international participation from across the spectrum of mineralogical interest—from academics and professionals to dealers and hobbyists.
            Joining Chamberlain in accepting the award on behalf of RMS are Bruce Gaber and Rev. Bob Morgan.  Chamberlain has served as Chairman of the RMS for the past 28 years and is Coordinator of the Center for Mineralogy, New York State Museum, Consulting Editor of Rocks & Minerals, an award-winning writer on the subject of New York minerals, and a noted collector. Gaber, Exhibits Organizer for the RMS Committee, is a retired scientist from the Office of Naval Research who specializes in high-end mineral photography and graphics. And Morgan, Member-at-large with the RMS, is a specialist in the crystallography of pyrite and other minerals. Chamberlain, Gaber, and Morgan are three of the field’s most tireless advocates.
            The Carnegie Mineralogical Award was established in 1987 by Carnegie Museum of Natural History and underwritten by Hillman Foundation. Previous recipients of the Carnegie Mineralogical Award include:

2009 Dr. Peter K.M. Megaw
2008 Dr. Frank C. Hawthorne
2007 Jeffrey A Scovil
2006 Richard C. Whiteman
2005 June Culp Zeitner
2004 Joel A. Bartsch
2003 Dr. Eugene S. Meieran
2002 Dr. Terry C. Wallace, Jr.
2001 Dr. Wendell E. Wilson
2000 Dr. F. John Barlow
1999 Sterling Hill Mining Museum
1998 Robert W. Jones
1997 Bryan K. Lees
1996 Dr. Cornelis (Kase) Klein
1995 Marie E. Huizing
1994 The Mineralogical Record
1993 Dr. Cornelius S. Hurlbut, Jr.
1992 Dr. Carl A. Francis
1991 Dr. Miguel A. Romero Sanchez
1990 Paul E. Desautels
1989 Dr. Frederick H. Pough
1988 Dr. John Sinkankas
1987 The Tucson Gem & Mineral Society

            Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Carnegie Mineralogical Award. Private mineral enthusiasts and collectors, educators, curators, mineral clubs and societies, museums, universities, and publications are eligible. For a nomination form, go to or contact by mail: Marc L. Wilson, Section of Minerals and Gems, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080, by phone at 412.622.3391, or by email at


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