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McPhee honored by Geological Society of America

The Council of the Geological Society of America has named John McPhee as a recipient of the 2002 GSA Public Service Award.

The award honors "outstanding individual contributions to either public awareness of the earth sciences or the scientific resolution of earth-science problems of significant societal concern." According to the award citation, McPhee "has brought geology alive to a public thirsting for more knowledge of Earth. Through his many writings, he has made 'geology' a household word."

McPhee is a lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Ferris Professor of Journalism. He was awarded the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction for "Annals of the Former World," a 696-page chronicle of the geological history of North America.

A member of the class of 1953, McPhee has taught at Princeton since 1975. This year he published his 26th book, "The Founding Fish."

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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