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Richard M. Pearl
(1913-1980)

Richard Maxwell Pearl was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 4, 1913, the son of Etta and Morris Pearl, a Latvian Jewish immigrant and accountant. By 1920 his family had moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he grew up; Morris became a jeweler and by 1930 was the proprietor of his own jewelry store.

Richard received his BS Degree in Geology from the University of Colorado; he was then employed for several years by the DuPont de Nemours corporation, and later served as a geologist for Shell Oil. He returned to college, receiving his Master's of Arts Degree in Education from Harvard University in 1946, and joined the faculty of Colorado College. He married Mignon Wardell (1916-1998), who provided much help throughout his career and especially with the illustrations in his publications.

Richard M. Pearl became an internationally known mineralogist and was a well-known, long-time Professor of Geology at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, as well as a certified gemologist, and a co-founder of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. He collected minerals in nearly every state and province in the U.S. and Canada. For a time he lived in Denver, at 1539 Broadway, and sold mineral specimens and gems.

Pearl was the author of over 300 articles in various scientific and popular periodicals and over 30 books on popular mineralogy, including Guide to Geologic Literature (1951), How to Know the Minerals and Rocks (1955), Rocks and Minerals (1956), 1001 Questions Answered About the Mineral Kingdom (1959), Successful Mineral Collecting and Prospecting (1961), The Wonders of Rocks and Minerals (1961), Gems, Minerals, Crystals and Ores--The Collector's Encyclopedia (1964), American Gem Trails (1964), Popular Gemology (1965), The Wonder World of Metals (1966), An Introduction to the Mineral Kingdom (1966), Exploring Rocks, Minerals, Fossils in Colorado (1969), Colorado Gem Trails and Mineral Guide (1972), Cleaning and Preserving Minerals (1947, 1973, 1980; at least five editions).

He died in Colorado Springs November 28, 1980.

References:
Social Security Death Index.
Professor Richard M. Pearl honored by AFMS Scholarship Foundation (1965) Rocks and Minerals,40 (9), 650-651.
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