Carnegie Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce Dudley P. Blauwet of Mountain Minerals International, as the winner of the prestigious 2018 Carnegie Mineralogical Award. The Carnegie Mineralogical Award honors outstanding contributions in mineralogical preservation, conservation, and education.
Blauwet has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, and other remote locations for over three decades. He has weathered blizzards and earthquakes, braved war-torn areas, and encountered numerous travel mishaps. He still struggles with bouts of malaria after contracting it over 25 years ago. Blauwet’s willingness to go where many mineral dealers will not travel has led to his acquisition of highly unique mineral specimens, and he is known as the leading expert on minerals from Pakistan.
Stories of his travels and mineral acquisitions have been featured in publications like Mineral News, Gems & Gemology, Colored Stone, Lithographie, ExtraEnglish Lapis, The Mineralogical Record, and Rocks & Minerals. His article, “The Absolute, Truly Ultimate Trip from Hell in Several Parts” in Mineral News won the Friends of Mineralogy Award for Best Article for 2011.
“Dudley has been referred to as the most intrepid and ethical mineral dealer who has faced numerous hazards in acquiring minerals for collectors and museums,” says Debra Wilson, Collection Manager, Section of Minerals, at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. “His many accomplishments and involvement in the mineral community make him a great addition to our list of Carnegie medalists.”
Blauwet accepted the award, which includes a $3,000 cash prize, at the 2019 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, held February 14-17, 2019. Blauwet regularly attends and gives lectures at gem and mineral shows, symposia, and mineral society meetings in the U.S. He also frequently donates minerals to major museums including the Smithsonian and the GIA Museum.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History established the Carnegie Mineralogical Award, funded by the Hillman Foundation, in 1987.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Carnegie Mineralogical Award, through Dec. 1. Eligible candidates include educators, private mineral enthusiasts and collectors, curators, museums, mineral clubs and societies, universities, and publications. For information, contact Debra L. Wilson, Collection Manager of Section of Minerals, at 412-622-3391 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a nomination form, visit Minerals at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Past recipients include:
2017 W. Lesley Presmyk
2016 Anthony R. Kampf, PhD.
2015 George Harlow, PhD.
2014 Bryon N. Brookmyer
2013 Gloria A. Staebler
2012 George W. Robinson, PhD.
2011 Jeffrey E. Post, PhD.
2010 The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium
2009 Peter K.M. Megaw, PhD.
2008 Frank C. Hawthorne, PhD.
2007 Jeffrey A. Scovil
2006 Richard C. Whiteman
2005 June Culp Zeitner
2004 Joel A. Bartsch, PhD.
2003 Eugene S. Meieran, PhD.
2002 Terry C. Wallace, Jr., PhD.
2001 Wendell E. Wilson, PhD.
2000 F. John Barlow, PhD.
1999 Sterling Hill Mining Museum
1998 Robert W. Jones
1997 Bryan K. Lees
1996 Cornelis (Kase) Klein, PhD.
1995 Marie E. Huizing
1994 The Mineralogical Record
1993 Cornelius S. Hurlbut, Jr., PhD.
1992 Carl A. Francis, PhD.
1991 Miguel A. Romero Sanchez, PhD.
1990 Paul E. Desautels
1989 Frederick H. Pough, PhD.
1988 John Sinkankas, PhD.
1987 The Tucson Gem & Mineral SocietySla