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Finding Aid to the John Verhoogen Papers, 1935-1985
BANC MSS 91/142 c  
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The John Verhoogen Papers, 1935-1985, document Verhoogen's four decade long career as a geophysicist. The papers are arranged into five series: Correspondence, Writings, Professional Activities, University of California, and Research Files. Verhoogen's prominence in the field and respect amongst his colleagues are especially well evidenced in the collection in the form of correspondence, documentation of his professional activities, writings, and lectures.
John Verhoogen was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1912. He obtained degrees in mining engineering and engineering geology in Europe and went on to earn his Ph.D. in geology in 1936 at Stanford University. He returned to Brussels from 1936-1939 and left in 1940 to undertake research in the Belgian Congo, making geophysical observations of the active volcano Nyamuragira. In 1947 he joined the faculty of the Department of Geological Sciences (now Geography and Geophysics) at UC Berkeley where he remained until his retirement in 1976. Verhoogen was the recipient of numerous honors in his field. He was a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1978 he received the Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship from the National Academy of Sciences for his work on the thermodynamics of the Earth's core and mantle and contributions to scholarship in the Earth sciences. Other awards included two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Day Medal of the Geological Society of America (in 1958), and the Dumont Medal of the Geological Society of Belgium. Verhoogen served actively on a number of national and international advisory panels and editorial boards. From 1951 to 1954 he was vice-president of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior. Verhoogen died in 1993.
Number of containers: 7 cartons Linear feet: 8.75
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