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10,000th Fellow elected!

Geoscientist Online 9 November 2010

Gordon PooleDawne Riddle writes: For the first time in its 204-year history, the Geological Society’s standing membership has passed the 10,000 mark. The 10,000th Fellow to be elected was Gordon Poole (picture). Gordon, 31, works as a Data Geologist for African Eagle Resources plc, London – a mineral exploration company that is currently transforming itself into a nickel company, with operations in Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique.

Gordon graduated with a BSc in Geology from University College Dublin in 2003 and joined African Eagle in 2005 after a stint at the Geological Survey of Ireland (whence he was headhunted “while slightly the worse for drink”, a fact of which he remains particularly proud). Gordon joined the Irish Geological Association when he was only 14, and subsequently served on their Council and as web and newsletter editor. He is conscious of the importance of geological societies both for professional networking and maintaining and developing his scientific knowledge.

A keen mountaineer, orienteer and diver, Gordon looks forward to using his Fellowship to update himself and broaden out - particularly in geophysics and geochemistry - to getting into the field (being “data geologist” can be tying, he admits) and to progress towards Chartership in due course. Gordon is also a member of the Irish Association of Economic Geologists.