(Adapted from an original by post at Looking for Detachment)

Dr. Cornelia Cameron-and we should include her mother here, too- was practically one of the first women to have a real geological career. She was born in 1911 to scientist parents-her father, a professor of natural sciences and a photographer; her mother, Harriet Clearman Cameron, had an M.S. in Geology and had completed courses for a Ph.D. in Botany.

Cornelia herself earned a PhD in Geology in 1940 and went on to work for the US Geological Survey after working commercially for several years-publishing a prolific total of 110 papers and winning many awards.

She was regarded as quite a character, and in 1975 was still making trips into the field with her mother-at that time, she was 64, and her mother was 103! Following that example, she continued to do fieldwork until a month before her own death at the age of 83.

Did we mention “the field” consisted of remote and sometimes even dangerous areas in central America and the Caribbean?

You can find more links about her life and work in the original post.

Written by Silver Fox (@sfoxx)

Edited and posted by Suzie

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2 thoughts on “Cornelia Cleremont Cameron

  1. Jody (Joanne) Bourgeois says:

    The original post link doesn’t work. But I am really appreciating this and other posts about women geologists!

    1. Suzanne Birch says:

      We’ve fixed the link-thank you!

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