Harry E. Cook PhD

Harry Cook

Title: President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Geologist
Company: Carbonate Geology
Location: Cupertino, California, United States

Harry E. Cook PhD, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Geologist at Carbonate Geology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geology.

Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts in geology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1961, Dr. Cook went on to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in geology, with a focus in volcanology and limestone, from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965. Shortly thereafter, he became a certified professional geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Since 2005, Dr. Cook has excelled as the president, chief executive officer and chief geologist of Carbonate Geology based in California. In his executive role, he consults with some of the largest gold companies in the world from the U.S., Canada, Russia and New Zealand, all while conducting his own research methodologies with the use of the most advanced technology and presentations for clients.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Cook was a senior research geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for 31 years, from 1974 to 2005. He had also flourished as a professor of geology and senior sedimentologist at the University of California from 1970 to 1974 and as a research exploration geologist with Marathon Petroleum Corporation, now known as Marathon Oil Company, from 1965 to 1970. In the aforementioned position, Dr. Cook focused on determining “why” there was an abundance of oil in Canada and concluded this was due to limestone rocks. From this discovery, he was appointed to help the company find new oil fields in areas such as North Africa and Eastern Europe. Likewise, Dr. Cook has conducted international research on oil and gas exploration and gold exploration throughout Europe in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Siberia, as well as in South America, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Throughout the duration of his illustrious career, Dr. Cook notes the highlight of his five-decades has been building his international expertise on ancient carbonate platforms and basins, which is the study of the limestone rock as old as 500 million years old. Likewise, he studies and climbs mountain ranges all over the world with colleagues that are 15 to 20 thousand feet high. The evolution and relationship of carbonate platforms and basins to finding gold deposits worldwide has been pivotal in his career trajectory. With this sentiment, Dr. Cook was honored with the George C. Mason Award for Best Paper, presented at an international conference. He attributes his success to passion, determination and integrity. Looking ahead, he hopes to serve as a mentor to budding geologists and excite young people about the field through presentations and fieldwork opportunities. Notably, Dr. Cook served as an electronic technician in the U.S. Navy Guided Missile Submarine Service from 1954 to 1957.

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