Charles Thompson Prewitt, Ph.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Arizona
Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States

Charles Thompson Prewitt, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geology education.

From a formative age, Dr. Prewitt became interested in geology, having gone on numerous trips to caves and mountains in eastern Kentucky. Earning a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he first served as a research scientist for E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company, Inc., in Wilmington, DE, from 1962 to 1969. Thereafter, he delved into academia as an associate professor, professor, and chairman of the department of earth and space sciences at Stony Brook University between 1969 and 1986. The former director and member of the research staff of the Geophysical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institute of Washington between 1986 and 2003, he most recently served as an adjunct professor in the department of geosciences at the University of Arizona for 15 years from 2003 until his retirement in 2018.

Although retired, Dr. Prewitt continues to act as the secretary-treasurer of the U.S. National Committee for Crystallography in Washington, DC, a position he first held in 1999. In addition, he has been the co-director of the Center for High Pressure Research with the National Science Foundation since 1991, having formerly been a distinguished visiting professor in chemistry at Arizona State University in 1983, a fellow for the Japan Society for Promotion of Science in 1983, and a senior postdoctoral fellow for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1975. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he also became a Churchill Overseas Fellow in 1975.

Dr. Prewitt has contributed more than 190 articles to professional journals throughout his career and was the longtime editor of the Physics and Chemistry of Minerals journal between 1976 and 1985. Affiliated with the Mineralogical Society of America as president from 1983 to 1984, he also maintains membership with the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the American Crystallographic Association, the Materials Research Society and the Cosmos Club. In addition, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1956 to 1965.

In recognition of his exceptional undertakings, Dr. Prewitt has accrued numerous accolades. An Ernst Cloos Memorial Scholar though Johns Hopkins University since 2002, he received a Medal for Excellence from the International Mineralogical Association in 2003 and a Roebling Medal from the Mineralogical Society of America in 2003. Dr. Prewitt has further been selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World. However, when asked of his career highlights, he cites understanding how minerals are involved in the earth’s evolution as a crowning moment.

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