Title: Emeritus Faculty
Company: Colorado State University and The University of Nevada, Reno
Location: Reno, Nevada, United States
Tommy Thompson, Emeritus Faculty at Colorado State University and The University of Nevada, Reno, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economic geology and mine exploration.
Dr. Thompson became involved in his profession as a senior in high school, when his school had placement and entrance exams and it became evident where his talents laid. He grew up in a ranching family and knew he was destined to be outdoors in his line of work. Initially, he decided he would try the oil industry or the mining industry. He took his first course in geology at the New Mexico School of Mines — now the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology — and realized that’s what he wanted to pursue professionally. He first earned a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of New Mexico in 1961 and continued at the institution to receive a Master of Science and PhD in the subject in 1963 and 1966, respectively.
Dr. Thompson taught at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1997 until 2014 and Colorado State University from 1973 to 1995. He holds professor emeritus status at each institution. Early in his career, he taught as an assistant professor of geology at Oklahoma State University. The highlight of Dr. Thompson’s career was spending a number of years working with an operating mine in Leadville, Colorado, and as a result, the Society of Economic Geologist published a monogram that dealt with the replacement deposits in the state of Colorado. He was one of the authors and editors of that volume, which was published in 1990. He has done a whole series of various workshops, including a series of workshops in 2014 at each of Goldcorp Inc.’s 16 mines, from Canada to Patagonia in Argentina. In recognition of his work, he has received the Marsden Award from the Society of Economic Geologists.
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