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Gordon P. Eaton is a highly distinguished earth scientist and the 12th director of the US Geological Survey. After graduating from Caltech he taught at Wesleyan University and UC Riverside and then, starting in 1967, held a variety of positions with the USGS, including associate chief geologist; scientist-in-charge, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory; project chief, geothermal geophysics; deptuy chief, Office of Geochemsitry and Geophysics; and project chief, Southwestern Geophysics Project. He returned to academia in 1981 as dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A & M. He became provost and vice president for academic affairs in 1983. In 1986 he moved to Iowa State University, where he served as president, and then, in 1990, he joined the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, New York, serving as director until March 1994, when he was appointed to the USGS Directorship. Dr. Eaton is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America, and the American Geophysical Union.
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