Mack Gipson (1931-1995)
In 1963, Dr. Mack Gipson earned his Ph.D. in geology for his dissertation entitled: “A Study of the Relations of Depth, Porosity, and Clay Minerals Orientation in Pennsylvanian Shales.” He maintained an active career in academia, government, and private industry. He served as director of an NSF initiative to encourage high school students to participate in scientific careers. Professor Gipson also established the geology department at Virginia State College (now Virginia State University) and founded the National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists, which serves and supports Black students in their pursuit of careers in geological sciences. He is regarded as a highly influential and successful geoscientist, holding numerous awards and positions throughout his career and public service.
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Published June 29, 2020
Mack Gipson. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.