Dr. Marvin received her BA in
History from Tufts University and her MS and
PhD in Geology from Harvard University.
She is a senior geologist emerita of geology and historian
of science at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
From 1952 to 1958 Dr.
Marvin and her husband, a mining geologist, spent six years in Brazil and
Angola examining mineral deposits. Between 1978 and 1985, she spent three
field seasons in Antarctica, two of them collecting meteorites and one
sampling the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary for evidence of the impact that is
thought to have triggered the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years
Dr. Marvin is the author of more than 120 scientific articles and a
book titled, "Continental Drift, the Evolution of a Concept". Asteroid Marvin
was named for her in 1991 by the Minor Planet Bureau of the International
Astronomical Union, and Marvin Nunatak, a mountain peak in Antarctica, was
named in her honor in 1992. Dr. Marvin officially retired in 1998, but
continues her research. She is also active in resolving problems in
undergraduate education, especially the personal and professional problems
women face pursuing careers in science.
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