JOHNSTOWN, PA, November 09, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present William Brice, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Brice celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
For the first five years of Dr. Brice's teaching career, he taught secondary mathematics and science education at Clermont High School in Florida and Taroona High School in Tasmania, Australia. Pivoting toward a new field, he pursued additional schooling at Cornell University in New York and became a teaching fellow of geological science between 1968 and 1971. Dr. Brice subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh campus in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he eventually became a tenured professor of geology and planetary science, and he served also as Chairperson of the Division of Natural Sciences from 1993 to 1997. In the fall of 2005, he had the opportunity to serve as one of 28 faculty members for the Semester-at-Sea 100-day voyage around the world. In December of that same year, he retired and earned the distinguished title of a professor emeritus.
Apart from his full-time academic commitments, Dr. Brice worked as a studio teacher for the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Hobart, Tasmania, between 1963 and 1965. He later served as a visiting lecturer and researcher at the State University at Campinas in Brazil during 1992 and 2001 on a travel grant. In 1978, Dr. Brice was a visiting research associate at the University of Tasmania. Additionally, Dr. Brice was both a visiting associate professor and visiting professor of geological science at his alma mater, Cornell University between 1976 and 2002.
An expert in his field, Dr. Brice's primary areas of research included the biographical studies of 19th century geologists and the early history of the U.S. oil and gas industry. Writing extensively, he is the author of the 1989 book, "Cornell Geology Through the Years" and the 1996 edition of "Gilbert Dennison Harris: A Life with Fossils" in the Paleontological Research Institution's Bulletins of American Paleontology. Likewise, he authored "Myth, Legend, Reality: Edwin Laurentine Drake and the Early Oil Industry" in 2009, which won the John A. Mather Award and the Yellow Dog Award. Additionally, Dr. Brice has authored and presented nearly 300 articles in various professional journals on such topics as mineral geochemistry, geoscience education, biographical studies, the history of geology and the history of the oil industry. He was also the editor for the International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences, which is a commission of the International Union of Geological Sciences, from 2016 to 2020.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Brice received a Bachelor of Science in physics and mathematics in his home state at the University of Florida in 1958. He then served in the U.S. Army between 1958 and 1960 before receiving a Diploma of Education in science education at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia, in 1965. Additional educational pursuits to Dr. Brice's credit include postgraduate coursework, a Master of Science for Teachers in earth science education in 1968 and a Doctor of Philosophy in geochemistry at Cornell University in 1971.
Dr. Brice has been aligned with several prominent professional organizations with respect to his field, including the Petroleum History Institute as a founding president, board director and editor of the organization's Oil-Industry History, as well as the History of Earth Science Society as a past president. Among other organizations, he is a member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers where he served in various roles and received a Distinguished Service Award in 1999. Moreover, Dr. Brice was elected as a fellow of the Geological Society of America in 1993.
In addition to securing a travel grant to teach and conduct research in Brazil, Dr. Brice received the George Frederic Matthew Research Grant in Geology in 1992 from the New Brunswick Museum. Celebrated for his success, he was named as a charter member and to the Clermont High School Hall of Fame in 1992. He was also acknowledged with the Gerald M. and Sue T. Friedman Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and the Mary Rabbitt Award in History and Geology in 2018 from the Geological Society of America and the Samuel T. Pees Keeper of the Flame Award from the Petroleum History Institute in 2015. A frequent speaker in his field, Dr. Brice was notably invited to speak at the second annual BraNobel Conference in Stockholm in 2013. He has also made an appearance on PA-Books, a Pennsylvania Cable Network program.
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