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Edmund H. Cienkowski
(1897->1942)

Edmund Hilary Cienkowski was born in Philadelphia on January 27, 1897, the son of Hedwig and Stanislaus J. Cienkowski, a dry-goods merchant and landlord. In 1918 he was employed at the University of Pennsylvania, probably as a student; he received his BA Degree in Botany there in 1920, and immediately joined the faculty as an Assistant in the Botany Department. He published A comparative study of flower and fruit development in pavonia spinifex in 1922.

On June 7, 1928, Cienkowski addressed the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia on, "The present status of some New England mineral localities." He described in detail a trip he took with two of the junior members of the Society during Easter week to the following points of mineral interest: Paterson, New Jersey; Peekskill and Bedford, New York; Danbury, Connecticut; the essonite locality at New Redding; also Branchville, Roxbury, Portland, Haddam Neck, and South Glastonbury, Connecticut; the datolite locality at Westfield, Massachusetts; and the Chester emery mines. Information was given on the collecting conditions at these localities and a large number of minerals that were secured on this trip were displayed.

On December 4, 1930, Cienkowski spoke to the Academy again, this time on the theme "Southwest by Motor," describing a mineral-collecting trip across the continent with Fred Reinitz and Edward K. Graham. Many lantern slides were shown, and specimens of the following minerals were exhibited: green. purple and yellow fluorite from Rosiclare, Illinois; calcite, sphalerite, galena, marcasite, chalcopyrite and dolomite from the Joplin district; quartz from Hot Springs, Arkansas; wulfenite from the Organ Mountains, New Mexico; malachite from Bisbee, Arizona; vanadinite from the Old Yuma mine near Tucson, Arizona; vanadinite from the Apache mine near Globe; tourmaline from Pala, California; some meteoric iron from Canyon Diablo, Arizona; silicified wood from the Petrified Forest, Arizona; and smithsonite from Kelly, New Mexico.

On November 5, 1931, he spoke before the Academy once again, to describe his recent trip with 18-year-old Alan Bernheimer (one of his students) to mineral localities in England, France, Germany and Switzerland. He brought along fine specimens from Cornwall, Cumberland and Durham to show.

As of 1942 he was a teacher at Northeast High School in Philadelphia.

References:
U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.
American Mineralogist (1928, 1930, 1931).
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