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Eugene B. Gross

Eugene Bischoff Gross was born in Carondelet Township, St. Louis County, Missouri on January 30, 1920, the son of Martha Alice (Ora) Murphy and Herman W. Gross, an engraving artist who had immigrated to the US from Austria in 1883. He joined the Mineralogical Society of America in 1943 and was a Life Member. He received his B.A. and M.S. degrees from the Colorado School of Mines in 1946 and 1948, and his PhD at the Univerity of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1962. He wrote his thesis on the Mt. Rosa locality in El Paso Co., Colorado.

Gross worked as a mineralogist for the Atomic Energy Commission from 1952 to 1958 and was personally responsible for collecting many historically important specimens of radioactive minerals, and preserving them in his private collection. He work for FMC Corporation in 1962, and as a geochemist for the California Division of Mines and Geology in 1963-1968. He was the author of a substantial list of publications. He married -- in 1954; she was also employed by the USGS.

Gross also specialized in minerals of the Champion Mine, White Mountains, Mono County, California and from the Kalkar quarry, Santa Cruz County, California.

Eugene Gross died in Tucson on September 6, 1997. After he passed away, his collection was purchased from his widow by Sharon Cisneros of Mineralogical Research Company. According to Cisneros, "he had an absolutely huge collection of radioactive minerals from the Colorado Plateau states, and we have been selling his collection since about 2002." Many of their labels for radioactive minerals have the notation on the back "From the collection of Dr. Eugene B. Gross."

American Men and Women of Science: The Physical and Biological Sciences (1971-1973)
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