Robert Rakes Shrock

Robert Rakes Shrock, who is Professor Emeritus, taught in MIT's Geology Department for thirty-eight years. He is the author of several text and reference works, including (with Hervey W. Shimer) Index Fossils of North America, which was published in 1944 and is still available from The MIT Press.

  • Geology at MIT 1865–1965, Volume 2

    Department Operations and Projects

    Robert Rakes Shrock

    This book completes Professor Shrock's full-scale history of MIT's Geology Department.

    This book completes Professor Shrock's full-scale history of MIT's Geology Department. Volume I, Faculty and Supporting Staff, presented biographical sketches of the first fifty-three professors of geology, supplemented by discussions of the founding of the Institute, the development of the geology faculty and curriculum, and the nature and extent of assistance given by support staff. The biographies covered such figures as MIT's founder, W. B. Rogers, "a practical scientist"; economic geologist Waldemar Lindgren; crystallographer Martin Buerger; geochemist T. Sterry Hunt; theorist R. A. Daly; geomorphologist Douglas Johnson, geochronologist P. M. Hurley; and geophysicist Frank Press.

    Volume II includes discussions of the MIT time capsule, laboratory and field work; facilities for teaching and research; financing of the geological sciences at the Institute; women in geology; geology, mineralogy, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, and oceanography at MIT; the Godfrey Lowell Cabot Spectrographic Laboratory; the Green building; the Geophysical Analysis Group (GAG) Project; and research on coal and the origin of petroleum. The names of all geology graduates from 1890 through 1970 appear, together with the titles of their dissertations and brief descriptions of the 175 books written by the Department's professors and graduates.

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  • Geology at MIT 1865–1965, Volume 1

    The Faculty and Supporting Staff

    Robert Rakes Shrock

    A lovingly crafted tribute to the first 53 professors who served MIT's geology department.

    After an opening salute to the teaching assistants, research associates, librarians, secretaries, and shop personnel who were mainstays of the geology department over the years, Professor Shrock proceeds to the heart of his mammoth undertaking: he presents biographies of all 53 professors who served the department for its first century, along with their portraits and bibliographies of their publications. Chronologically, they range from William Rogers, the geologist who founded MIT, to Gene Simmons (who as an authority on the minerals of the moon, reflects the giant steps that science has taken in recent years) and Frank Press, in recognition of the department's second century. In between are the biographies of such notable earths scientists as Alpheus Hyatt, Thomas Sterry Hunt, Thomas Jaggar, Hervey Shimer, Reginald Daly, Waldemar Lindgren, Martin Julian Brueger, and Patrick Hurley.Of course, Professor Shrock's own autobiographical sketch appears in this series. His permanent place in the history of his science derives from his work in paleontology and sedimentology. In 1944, The MIT Pres published his Index Fossils of North America, written with his faculty colleague Hervey Shimer, and it has been in steady demand ever since, with its tenth reprinting in 1977. Professor Shrock was also Head of the Department of Geology and Geophysics from 1950 to 1965. The department has since been renamed the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences to reflect man's new capacity to explore extraterrestrial geologies and possible biologies, but the core of its activities remains solidly down to earth. That one of Shrock's successors was named by President Carter to be his science advisor is in part recognition of the increasing importance of the earth sciences and their attendant environmental concerns in all o our lives. The scientists whose careers are outlined in this massive and lovingly prepared work devoted their lives to increasing man's understanding of the earth and its resources, and they are worthy of the tribute their colleague has paid them, whether they have long before entered the earth or still probe its surface, discovering ever more about its nature, character, and riches.

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