Next: Monday 10th September 2018

Crystals

Presented by: Ian Mercer

Ferguson Lecture Theatre, Bishop's Stortford College.  CM23 2PJ.


 

Ian has been a chemist, hydrogeologist, museologist and gemmologist. He now gazes at crystals, trying to discern what's next.


Ian started
work
at the Geological Survey
in
1965, working for a spell in the Libyan Sahara. After gaining his Diploma in Gemmology he transferred to the Geological Museum
in South Kensington
. He gained a degree in Geology with
X-ray
Crystallography, while working on the first major modern geology exhibition
,
"
Story of the Earth
"

Other exhibitions and books culminated in management of the
"
Treasures of the Earth
"
exhibition, with a full-size cut-open house illustrating the uses of Earth materials. Ian finished
the Museum's
 book
on "Crystals" 
after he was made redundant
during
 the
Natural 
History 
Museum's
take-over of the Museum. 

He joined the Gemmological Association as Director of Education in 1990, developing their world teaching and exam system and gemmology course notes. This work took him to areas such as Jade markets in China and gem-shows of Arizona. 

Now retired, he wanders around seeing crystals and gems in kerbstones
, shop-fronts
 and
Essex gravel
. With his wife, fellow-geologist Ros,
he
produces articles
, displays
and talks, enjoying the challenge of explaining complex subjects in simple ways.





Ferguson Lecture Theatre

Bishop's Stortford College.  CM23 2PJ.
 
Doors open at 6:45pm for refreshments and a 7:15pm start



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 Upcoming dates:


[Events always planned for the Second Monday of each month - Except August]


Month

Date

Speaker

Subject

October 

08/Oct/2018

Dr Jennifer Collins

Hurricanes

November

12/Nov/2018

TBD

TBD

 
December

 
10/Dec/2018
 
Paul Fellows
 From the Pendulum to Dark Matter

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