Julian Goldsmith’s career spanned the time during which mineralogical research moved from a largely descriptive subject to an experimental science. He was a student of the great experimental petrologist, Norman L. Bowen. Bowen came to the University of Chicago in the 1940s and set up one of the first experimental petrology laboratories in any university in the United States. Julian was one of Bowen’s first thesis students.

During World War II, Julian departed from graduate work to do defence research on ceramics at the Corning Glass Company. After the war he returned, and in 1947 completed his PhD degree requirements....

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