JOSEPH HOOVER MACKIN
J. Hoover Mackin, professor of geological
sciences, died on August 12, 1968. He was 62.
Professor Mackin was born on November
16, 1905, in Oswego, New York. He received a bachelor's degree from
New York University in 1930. He earned master's and PhD degrees from
Columbia University in 1932 and 1937, respectively.
Dr. Mackin spent 28 years teaching at
the University of Washington. In 1961, he was visiting professor at
The University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty of the University
a year later, when he was appointed Farish Professor of Geology. Regarded
as one of the foremost geologists in the country, Dr. Mackin had numerous
research interests. His early work was in geomorphology. He later undertook
research in engineering geology, structural geology, and field petrology.
Professor Mackin was also involved in the mission to land a man on the
moon and was one of four experts selected by the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration to study the first lunar rock samples returned
Professor Mackin was a member of the
National Academy of Sciences and the Geological Society of America.
In addition, he served a two-year term as chairman of the earth sciences
division of the National Research Council.
The Geological Society of America published
a memorial to Professor Mackin in its Proceedings for 1968.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta
and posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 20, 2000.
Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas
History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.