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Colorado School of Mines Honors Keith Kvenvolden

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On May 1-4, 2002, Keith Kvenvolden (Menlo Park, CA) attended his 50th college reunion at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. During the festivities, he presented a lecture entitled "The Geobiology of Natural Gas Hydrate," and during the commencement ceremony he received the school's Distinguished Achievement Medal. The citation reads as follows:

Dr. Keith A. Kvenvolden graduated from Mines at the top of his class in 1952 as a geophysical engineer. He currently holds the position of senior scientist for the United States Geological Survey's Coastal and Marine Geology Team. During his career he has published more than 500 papers and abstracts dealing with a variety of subjects in organic geochemistry, often related to fossil-fuel energy and the environment.

Following his service in the U.S. Army, he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from Stanford University. He then returned to work at Mobil Oil Corporation. After five years at Mobil, Dr. Kvenvolden went to work for NASA and participated in the Apollo Program analyzing returned lunar samples, and he led a group that studied lunar dust, meteorites, and ancient rocks for signs of the origin of life. Following this, he moved to the U.S. Geological Survey, where he has become a leading authority regarding the existence and character of naturally occurring methane hydrates.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors for his work, Dr. Kvenvolden was elected to Fellowship in the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Explorers Club, the American Geophysical Union, and The Geochemical Society and the European Association for Geochemistry. He was the Geological Society of America Michel T. Halbouty Distinguished Lecturer for 2000.

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