Samuel M. Savin


Samuel Savin

Title: Provost Emeritus
Company: New College of Florida
Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States

Samuel Savin, Geologist, Educator and Academic Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of science education.

An accomplished scientist and educator, Dr. Savin found enormous success in the fields of science and education, serving as the provost emeritus of the New College of Florida since 2009. He is an expert in the field of isotopic geochemistry and the history of the evolution of Earth’s climate. Dr. Savin pioneered a field of study revolving around measuring and using clay minerals in order to understand the chemical reactions in the geological evolution of rocks buried five to 10 miles under the Earth’s crust. Additionally, Dr. Savin contributed to the study of metabolisms of pregnant and diabetic women. In preparation for his career, Dr. Savin earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University in 1961 and a Doctor of Philosophy from the California Institute of Technology in 1967. He has been affiliated with the Case Western Reserve University for decades, holding the positions of the dean emeritus for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Jesse Earl Hyde Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences. Dr. Savin is motivated by the challenges and finds immense value in working to help make young people better scientists and is astounded by how the understanding of Earth and the solar system have evolved enormously since he first entered the field of science.

Curious about the world of science ever since he was a child, Dr. Savin has enjoyed working hard with his hands as well as his brain, reveling in learning how things work. While in undergrad, Dr. Savin worked with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution one summer and was sent to Bermuda, Finland and Scotland as well as England to research scientific matters when he was only 20 years old. He has written and co-written more than 90 influential publications in scientific journals and monographs, also having have co-written the noteworthy “Laboratory Exercises in Oceanography” with Harold Thurman. Recognized for his work, Dr. Savin has been named a fellow of the Geochemical Society, the American Association of Arts and Sciences, the Geological Society of America and the Ohio Academy of Sciences and holds membership with the American Geophysical Union, the Clay Minerals Society and the Northern Ohio Geological Society. Of all his accomplishments, Dr. Savin is most proud of is most proud of raising his children, Robert and Lisa Savin with his wife, Norma Goulder Savin. In recognition of his notoriety, Dr. Savin has been awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.

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