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George E. Harlow

George Harlow

Curator, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Division of Physical Sciences
Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)


  • Princeton University, Ph.D, 1977
  • Harvard University, B.A., 1971

Research Interests

Trained as a geologist specializing in mineralogy and crystallography, Dr. Harlow has concentrated his research on the chemistry and structure of minerals as tools for understanding their origin and the record of geological processes they contain. This interest and questions about specimens in the gem collection led him to a long-term study of jadeite rock, used as jade, and related rocks from the Motagua Valley in Guatemala and, more recently, Myanmar (Burma), Japan and Cuba. NSF-funded collaborative projects on the geology along the Motagua fault (the North American-Caribbean plate boundary) in Guatemala are active. Expeditions to Myanmar permitted visits to the famous ruby deposits including the Mogok Stone Tract, which has led to a research project on the genesis of the deposit and the myriad minerals and gems they produce. A collection of well-characterized mineral standards for spectroscopy by astrophysicists and planetary scientists continues to be developed with help from NASA.


Shi, G., Grimaldi, D.A., Harlow, G.E., Wang, J. Wang, J. Yang, M. Lei, W., Li, Q. and Li, X. (2012)  Age constraint on Burmese amber based on U-Pb dating of zircons.  Cretaceous Research—online doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2012.03.014

Harlow, G.E., and Flores, K.E. (2011)  Jadeite Jade:  Origin, Sources, Varieties and Exploration.  Proceedings of International Symposium on Jade, Peking University, Beijing; 13-22.

Cárdenas-Párraga J., García-Casco, A., Harlow, G.E., Blanco-Quintero, I., Rojas Agramonte, K., Kröner, A. (2012) Hydrothermal origin and age of jadeitites from Sierra del Convento Mélange (Eastern Cuba).  European Journal of Mineralogy 24, 313-331.

Shi, G.H., Harlow, G.E.,  Wang, J., Wang, J., Ng, E.,  Wang, X., Cao, S.M. (2012): Mineralogy of jadeitite and related rocks from Myanmar: a review with new data.  European Journal of Mineralogy 24, 345-370.

Tsujimori, T., Harlow, G.E. (2012):  Petrogenetic relations between jadeitite and associated high-pressure and low-temperature metamorphic rocks in worldwide jadeitite localities: A review.  European Journal of Mineralogy 24, 371-390.

Teaching Experience

Faculty Appointments

  • AMNH Masters of Arts in Teaching Program

Courses Taught

  • Graduate courses in the theory and techniques in mineralogical crystallography and crystal chemistry (Princeton and Columbia)

Graduate Advisees

  • Robert Klimentidis
  • Kyla Simons 

Graduate Committees

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