Arthur D. Storke Lecture


The Storke lecture honors the late Arthur D. Storke.
Arthur D. Storke, a native New Yorker, was born in 1894. By the 1930s, he was an active mining engineer, serving as managing director of a Rhodesian copper mine. During World War II, Storke became Britain’s Minerals Advisor for the Allied cause and oversaw the covert shipment of pitchblende ore out of the Congo, material later used for the development of the atomic bomb. Storke met an untimely death in a 1949 plane crash. In his honor, Storke’s wife left a bequest to Columbia University to fund the study of Earth’s natural resources.
Each year a speaker is chosen and formally invited by DEES / LDEO to deliver a lecture on Earth resources. Following the lecture there is a reception and dinner in honor of the distinguished guest.
Date: January 29, 2016
Awardee: Steven E. Koonin, Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York University

Title: Can We Ever Get to a Zero-Emission World?

Date: March 13, 2015
Awardee: Jason Bordoff, Columbia University
Date: October 11, 2013
Awardee: Robert M. Hazen, Carnegie Institution of Washington; George Mason University
Date: April 20, 2012
Awardee: Michael J. Graetz, Columbia University
Date: May 7, 2010
Awardee: Randy Udall, Writer, Activist, Energy Consultant
Date: May 1, 2009
Awardee: Stephen Kesler, University of Michigan

Title: Estimating Earth's Remaining Mineral Resources: Tectonic-Diffusion and Geochemical Cycles