Kinga M. Revesz, PhD

Kinga Revesz

Title: Retired Chemist, Isotope Geochemist, Researcher
Company: National Research Program, Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Kinga M. Revesz, PhD, Retired Chemist, Isotope Geochemist and Researcher at the National Research Program in the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements and leadership in isotope research.

Dr. Revesz is comprehensively concerned with the utilization of stable isotopes, mainly hydrogen, carbon and oxygen, to look at the elements of hydrological systems and related geochemical issues. She has long been involved with studies on the classification and measurement of ground-water recharge, discharge, and surface-water/groundwater interaction, in addition to redox processes in contaminated aquifers. She also created new sample preparation techniques in the lab, including inlet systems for continuous flow isotope ratio analytical techniques, such as EA, TC/EA, GPI, Gasbench, GCC, TC/GCC and TIC/TOC. In 1989, Dr. Revesz joined as a research chemist at the National Research Program in the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey. She remained in this position until retiring in 2019. Prior to this role, she was the head of the surface chemistry group at Tungsram Research Laboratory in Budapest, Hungary, from 1971 to 1975,  a chemist at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington from 1977 to 1978 and the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, from 1983 to 1989.

In preparation for her professional career, Dr. Revesz pursued a formal education at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, earning a Master of Science in chemistry, colloid chemistry, analytical chemistry and organic chemistry in 1966. She then attended József Attila University in Szeged, Hungary, where she attained a PhD in colloid chemistry, physical chemistry and physics in 1977. A contributor of many articles to professional journals, as well as a patentee in her field, Dr. Revesz published a paper about natural gas force in water in Pennsylvania. There were complaints about the water supply and natural gas, and they went out and got samples to finalize the isotope and decide that only one third was responsible. A gas company was responsible; the others were not because it was naturally producing. She thinks that is why Shell’s major scientists asked her in a conference to corporate with them because it was important for the tracking and the project to really identify whether they were responsible for the gas and water or not.

Throughout her career, Dr. Revesz has acquired a patent, contributed to more than 45 journal articles, and presented at over 42 international conferences. Of these presentations, she was an invited speaker at the exclusive workshop, “Environmental and Social Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing and Gas Drilling in the United States: An Integrative Workshop for the Evaluation of the State of Science and Policy” funded by the National Science Foundation with sponsorship from the Nicholas School of the Environment Center on Global Change and the Duke Law and Environmental Policy Forum. She maintains an active membership to the Wagner Society of Washington D.C. She previously served as a member of the Scientific Board at Applied Isotope Geochemistry (AIG) international conference. Dr. Revesz’ achievements also include solving an ongoing analytical problem analyzing the water isotopes in the carbonate that continuously was deposited from water for 500,000 years. This analysis proved that the climate changes the carbonate isotopes indicated was global, not local.

For these achievements and additional accomplishments, Dr. Revesz has been honored on numerous occasions. On top of being included among Marquis Top Professionals, she is the recipient of cash awards and the Star Award from the United States Geological Survey. In 1973, she was recognized as an Honored Worker from Tungsram Research. That same year, she placed first in the “Young Engineer Country Competition.” In 1974, she received the Woman of the Year in Science Award from Tungsram. 

In addition to affiliation with the Geological Society of Washington, Dr. Revesz was selected for inclusion in the 19th edition of Who’s Who in the World, as well as several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who of American Women. She has served as the president of the Hungarian Science Club of Washington D.C. wherein she organizes monthly meetings that include guest speakers and discussions on a wide range of topics. She attributes her success to her education, the concept of thinking in a non-specialized area, and from the support she received from her family. She was always good at mathematics, chemistry, and physics in high school, and her father was a chemistry professor. Dr. Revesz’s husband was also a very well-known physicist who she discussed things with.

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