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February 16, 2015

   

Carnegie Museum of Natural History Announces the Winner of the 2014 Carnegie Mineralogical Award

Carnegie Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce that Bryon N. Brookmyer of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the winner of the 2014 Carnegie Mineralogical Award. Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Collection Assistant Debra Wilson presented the award to Brookmyer on February 14, at the 2015 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 field of mineralogy.  

    “Bryon dedicated his collecting career to filling a gap in the preserved specimens representing Pennsylvania’s rich mineral heritage, a period extending roughly from about 1950 to the present,” says Marc L. Wilson, Collection Manager and Head of the Section of Minerals at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. “He succeeded brilliantly and then went to extraordinary lengths to share his important collection with the public and ensure its continued preservation by placing it in a museum where it will be respected and properly cared for. To me, this epitomizes the concepts of mineralogical preservation, conservation, and education that the Carnegie Mineralogical Award was created to promote.”

      Brookmyer collected minerals in many localities in the U.S., but he concentrated his collecting in Pennsylvania assembling the finest exhibit quality collection of Pennsylvania minerals in the world. In 1995, he lent more than 200 of his best specimens to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for a new display of Pennsylvania minerals in Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems. In 2014, the museum acquired Brookmyer’s collection of over 2,700 specimens. His collection complements the Jefferis Collection and the Philadelphia Academy Collection giving Carnegie Museum of Natural History the best collection of Pennsylvania minerals in the world.

     As a field collector Brookmyer tracked down mineral locations across the state and collected wherever rock was being excavated—old mine tailings, highway or railroad cuts, or commercial construction. Experts credited his success to his hands-on approach, meticulous research and study, determination, and clear focus.

     Brookmyer lives in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania with his wife Heather and twins Ian and Emily.

      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:

2013 Gloria A. Staebler

2012 Dr. George W. Robinson

2011 Dr. Jeffrey E. Post

2010 The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium

2009 Dr. Peter K.M. Megaw

2008 Dr. Frank C. Hawthorne
2007 Jeffrey A Scovil
2006 Richard C. Whiteman
2005 June Culp Zeitner
2004 Dr. 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 2015 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 http://www.carnegiemnh.org/minerals/award.html or contact by mail: Marc L. Wilson, 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 WilsonM@carnegiemnh.org.

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