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Steven C. Chamberlain
(1946-    )

Steve Chamberlain was born December 13, 1946, in Everett, Pennsylvania. He earned his BS degree in Electrical Engineering (with a minor in Mineralogy) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968, served in the Army (Army Commendation, Meritorious Service Medal) from 1970 to 1973, and received his PhD in Sensory Sciences from Syracuse University in 1978. In 2006 he retired as a tenured Full Professor at Syracuse University, where he served as the Founding Chair of the Department of Bioengineering, and Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Steve has also served as Consulting Editor for Rocks & Minerals magazine since 1980, as Convening Co-chairman of the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium since 1986, as Coordinator for the Center for Mineralogy of the New York State Museum since 2001, and as Scientific Editor of the Hosta Journal since 2000. His personal bibliography includes over 200 papers, chapters and abstracts in the fields of neuroscience, horticulture and mineralogy.

Steve began seriously collecting minerals in 1960, initially specializing in the minerals of Pennsylvania, then changing to the minerals of New York and Canada in 1974. As of 2000 his collection numbered approximately 26,000 specimens, including micromounts, thumbnails, miniatures and cabinet-size specimens. In 2000 he began to sell off (via mineral dealers C. Carter Rich and Mike Walter, and collector Bruce Jarnot) the non-New York specimens in preparation for donating the New York portion of his collection to the New York State Museum in Albany, beginning in 2006. His remaining New York State collection includes most of the New York specimens from the historic John H. Caswell collection (q.v.), many significant New York specimens from the William S. Condon collection (q.v.), the best New York specimens from the Ron Waddell collection (q.v.), and many of the New York specimens gathered in the collections of Dr. George W. Robinson (q.v.) and his father George Robinson, Sr., among many others. The collection as a whole is characterized by extensive representation of high-end specimens, many unique specimens, and extraordinary depth in specimens of scientific and historical interest. His first book, The Collector's Guide to the Minerals of New York State, with George Robinson, was published in June, 2013.
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