|Gerald M. Friedman
Professor Emeritus, Sedimentology & Geohistory
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D., Columbia University
Gerry Friedman earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He earned a Doctorate of Science from the University of London and received an honorary Doctorate of Natural Science from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Gerry intially worked as a geochemist and petrologist in the Appalachians and the Canadian Shield. He then went on to become a research geologist and director of sedimentology research at the Amoco Research Laboratory in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Gerry began teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1964. He retired from RPI in 1984 and went on to joint the faculty at the City University of New York, Brooklyn, where he worked with graduate students and post-doctoral researchers on carbonate deposits, regional stratigraphy, the environmental geology of rivers, amongst a variety of other topics. He retired from CUNY in 2004, but continues his research on the sedimentology and stratigraphy of Paleozoic deposits and prospective gas storage reservoirs in New York State and evaporite and carbonate deposition worldwide
Gerry is the founder and director of the Northeastern Science Foundation in Troy, New York, which hosts symposia and publishes several journals, including Northeastern Geology, Environmental Science, and Carbonates and Evaporites. He has served as an officer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Geological Society of America, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and the New York State Geological Association. He has also served as editor of several publications and as a member of more than 20 advisory committees. As the author or co-author of over 500 publications, his ability to communicate difficult topics is illustrated by his classic textbook, Principles of Sedimentology, co-authored with J.E. Sanders.
Gerry has won a number of prestigeous awards for his work, including the American Geological Institute's 2005 Legendary Geoscientist Award, the Geological Society of America's Mary C. Rabbit Memorial Medal, the Sidney Powers Memorial Medal, the John T. Galey, Jr. Memorial Award, The Association of Earth Science Editors Award for Outstanding Editing and the Distinguished Educator Award. He is also the recipient of the SEPM Twenhofel Medal, and the Hollis D. Hedberg Award in Energy from the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University.