Robert Folinsbee

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Robert Edward Folinsbee
Born (1917-04-16)April 16, 1917
Edmonton, Alberta
Died May 1, 2008(2008-05-01) (aged 91)
Alma mater University of Alberta
University of Minnesota
Awards Order of Canada
Scientific career
Fields Geologist
Institutions University of Alberta

Robert "Bob" Edward Folinsbee OC FRSC (April 16, 1917 – May 1, 2008) was a Canadian geologist, whose work involved geochronology, ore deposits, and meteorites.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1938 from the University of Alberta, a Master of Science degree in 1940 and a Ph.D. in 1942 from the University of Minnesota. During World War II, he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a pilot.

In 1946, he joined the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor. He became an Associate Professor in 1950 and a Full Professor in 1955. He retired in 1978 and was appointed Professor Emeritus. From 1955 to 1969, he was the Chairman of the Department of Geology.

He was President of the Geological Society of America (1975–1976)[1] and the Royal Society of Canada (1977–1978).

In 1973, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1967, he was awarded the Royal Society of Canada's Willet G. Miller Medal.

His earliest papers focused mainly on mineralogy and regional geology published by the Geological Survey of Canada. His later publications reflected his interests in the fields of geochronology, ore deposits, and meteorites.[2]

The asteroid (187679) Folinsbee is named in his honour.


  1. ^ Eckel, Edwin, 1982, GSA Memoir 155, The Geological Society of America — Life History of a Learned Society: Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America Memoir 155, 168 p., ISBN 0-8137-1155-X.
  2. ^ Morton, R. D. (December 2008). "Memorial to Robert (Bob) E. Folinsbee (1917–2008)". Geological Society of America Memorials. 37: 29–30.
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Larkin Kerwin
President of the Royal Society of Canada
Succeeded by
Robert Edward Bell
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