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William R. Brice, Ph.D. - Earth and Oil Historian / Tuesday April 23rd - Special Earth Day Speaker

Dr. Brice is Professor Emeritus of Geology and Planetary Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with degrees from the University of Florida, University of Tasmania (Australia), and Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) as well as grandfather to Dublin’s own Matt Coffin. For many years he was a member of the summer faculty at Cornell University and he has served as a visiting scholar at universities in Tasmania and Brazil. In the Fall of 2005, he was a faculty member on a Semester-at-Sea 100-day voyage around the world.


He is the recipient of several academic and professional awards. Dr. Brice has published or presented over 100 articles and papers on a wide range of topics including mineral geochemistry, geoscience education, biographical studies, history of geology, and the history of the oil industry. He is the author of "Cornell Geology Through the Years", and "Gilbert Dennison Harris - A Life with Fossils". His latest book, “Myth, Legend, Reality; Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry” (2009) has received two awards for excellence in oil history; The John A Mather Award (Friends of Drake Well) and The Yellow Dog Award (Parkersburg Oil & Gas Museum). He was the founding president of the Petroleum History Institute and is currently the editor of "Oil-Industry History", an annual PHI publication. Dr. Brice has appeared on PA-Books, a program of the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).