Marc L. Wilson
Carnegie Museum curator Marc Loren Wilson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on February 1, 1953, the son of Ruth Naomi and Lester Ludwig Wilson, a Laboratory Technician at Wyandotte Chemicals until the company was bought out by BASF, at which time the job of "SuperTech" was created for him. Marc earned his BS Degree in Geology at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan in 1975, and his MS Degree there in Geology/Mineralogy in 1979. While a student, from 1973 to 1976, he worked part time as a mineralogist for the Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Tech, identifying specimens, computerizing the collection database and designing exhibits. He also worked part-time (1976-1978) as a geologist for Rioamex doing radiometric exploration and reconnaissance.
Upon completion of his Master's studies he worked as an exploration geologist for St. Joe American Corporation (1979-1982), then as head of geological interpretation for GeoSpectra Corporation (1982-1988), and as a mineralogist for the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources (1988-1992). From 1992 to August 2017 he has served as Collections Manager and Head of the Section of Minerals at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. His responsibilities there include collections curation, specimen acquisition, exhibits in the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems, specimen identification, coordination of public outreach programs of the Section of Minerals (including lectures and special exhibits at gem and mineral shows), creation and management of the Carnegie Gem & Mineral Show; management of the selection process for determining the recipients of the Carnegie Mineralogical Award, and management of Section business activities. Marc was promoted to the position of full curator during a ceremony at the 2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
Marc has been a co-recipient of the 1993 Friends of Mineralogy Award of Merit, and an EFMLS Honoree for the 2001 AFMS Scholarship Award. He was been inducted into the National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame (2001), and has served as a consulting editor for Rocks & Minerals since 1998. He is the author of 19 papers in various mineralogical publications including The Mineralogical Record (three, including the Michigan Copper Country special issue), Rocks & Minerals, Lapis, ExtraLapis English, American Mineralogist, the Michigan Mineralogical Society Conglomerate, Oil and Gas Journal, New Mexico Geology, and Annals of the Carnegie Museum. He was also one of the authors of The F. John Barlow Mineral Collection (1996) and the chapter on the Copper Country in American Mineral Treasures (2008).
In 1980 Marc married Debra Richards and together they have one son: Cedric. Debra is an accomplished mineral photographer and for a number of years has shared curatorial and management responsibilities with Marc at the Carnegie Museum, as well as the management of the annual Carnegie Gem and Mineral Show, which ran from 1998 to 2006. He retired in August 2017.
Marc was a competitive fencer in his younger years.
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