Company: Chuck Thorman Geological Services International, Inc. (CTGS)
Location: Lakewood, Colorado, United States
Charles Thorman, Owner at CTGS Intl., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geological research.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in geology in 1958 from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California, Dr. Thorman continued his education with a Master of Science in geology in 1961 and a Doctor of Philosophy in geology in 1962 from the University of Washington in Seattle. After graduation, he worked as structural geologist with the Humble Oil & Refining Company from 1962 to 1965 and subsequently headed the two-member geology department at Olympic Community College in Bremerton, Washington. Dr. Thorman then provided exemplary service as associate professor of structural geology at the University of Oregon from 1965 to 1971.
Dr. Thorman flourished as a research geologist and manager with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Denver from 1971 to 1995. During his tenure, heplayed a central role in training geologists in the newly formed Geological Survey of Brazil (CPRM) and coauthored maps of Brazil’s geology and gold deposits. After retiring from the USGS, Dr. Thorman founded Chuck Thorman Geological Services International, Inc. (CTGS) in which he serves as a consultant for foreign federal and state geological surveys and mining and petroleum companies in the U.S., South America, and West Africa. Dr. Thorman is in regular contact with mining and petroleum geologists to keep up-to-date on new developments.
To remain aware of changes and advancements in his field, Dr. Thorman maintains affiliation with the Society of Economic Geologists, the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He has published more than 150 articles in a host of scientific journals and publications and has shared his expertise leading training seminars in the U.S., Brazil, and Colombia. During the past 60 years, he has presented more than 50 oral presentations at professional society meetings.
Dr. Thorman attributes his interest in geology to his grandfather, a wildcatter in the petroleum industry who drilled the very first well that discovered the biggest on-shore post-World War II oil field in California. He gave him a geology pick for a present and took him on trips to Nevada and would take him to some oil wells, instilling in him a passion for geology and discovering petroleum. His goal in the coming years is to finish his research on metamorphic rocks. Dr. Thorman maintains that his most notable achievement was being able to teach geologists of all ages and backgrounds how to think and research geology.
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