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Eric S. Cheney

Title: Professor Emeritus of Geology
Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Eric Cheney, Professor Emeritus of Geology at University of Washington, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in earth sciences instruction.

Dr. Cheney obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1956 and subsequently a Doctor of Philosophy in geology in 1964 from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He provided superior service as an assistant professor from 1963 to 1964 with Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven and an assistant and associate professor from 1964 to 1969 with the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Cheney served his country as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Naval Reserve from 1956 to 1958.

From 1981 to 1991, Dr. Cheney prospered as president of Cambria Corporation in Seattle, a manufacturer of sensors and other devices detect events or changes in its environment and sends the information to other electronics, frequently a computer processor, and as president of Kaapvaal Corp. from 1993 to the present. In 1993, he returned to the University of Washington, serving as a professor of geology from 2003 to 2005 and as professor emeritus from 2005 to the present.

As a consultant, Dr. Cheney has made an impact as a visiting associate professor with Stanford University in 1974, as visiting research professor with the University of Pretoria in South Africa from 1984 to 1985 and with the University of Johannesburg, formerly known as Rand Afrikaans University, in South Africa from 1987 to 1989. 

Dr. Cheney has contributed to and published numerous learned works that include “The Geology of Washington and Beyond,” in the University of Washington Press; as a co-author with Marianne W. Hawkes, “The Future of Hydrocarbons: Hubbert’s Peak or a Plateau?” in Geological Society of America; and a paper identifying, by using sequence stratigraphy, Earth’s oldest continent, Vaalbara, in Precambrian Research. As his most notable achievement, he cites his participation in a seven-day National Science Foundation-sponsored field trip to inspect the geology and ore deposits of South Africa in 1969.

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