Title: Retired Geologist
Company: The Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Bruce Hobbs, Retired Geologist at the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of geology.
During his youth, Dr. Hobbs developed a particular fondness for science – more specifically chemistry. At the end of the first quarter of his junior year at Virginia Tech, a geology professor piqued his interest in geology. In the following quarter, he switched his major to geology and later studied carbonate rocks during his doctorate program.
Now retired, Dr. Hobbs led a successful career as a deputy state geologist and the deputy commissioner of mineral resources for the Division of Geology and Mineral Resources in Charlottesville, Virginia, from 1980 to 1991. Prior to this prestigious appointment, he served the roles of assistant state geologist and the assistant commissioner between 1970 and 1980. At the start of his tenure with the aforementioned company, Dr. Hobbs worked as a general geologist from 1957 until 1970.
A graduate of Virginia Tech, Dr. Hobbs earned a Bachelor of Science in 1962 and a Master of Science in 1957. He concluded his academic efforts with a Doctor of Philosophy from the aforementioned institution in 1957. To remain knowledgeable in the field of geology, Dr. Hobbs maintains professional relationships with the Geological Society of America and the American Association Of Petroleum Geology.
In a career filled with highlights, Dr. Hobbs is most proud of working on the Virginia Geological Survey. The division worked on the mineral resources of Virginia, where they also congested the legislature and changed the name of the program to the Division of Mineral Resources, later officially becoming the Division of Geology and Mineral Resources. Dr. Hobbs is humbly grateful for being recognized as the first individual in the Commonwealth Virginia to earn a doctorate in Geology.
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