Robert C. Horton*

Robert C. Horton has had a long and esteemed career in geology and mining from 1949 through 1990. He received three degrees from the Mackay School of Mines including an Honorary Ph.D. Degree in 1995. Highlights of his career include Director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Washington; he served as a member of Governor’s Advisory Mining Board, for Nevada Governor Paul Laxalt, and Associate Dean, Mackay School of Mines. He authored numerous publications many on the geology and mining of Nevada. Early in his career he worked on geochemical, geophysical studies of Steamboat Hot Springs and geological mapping of the Virginia City Quadrangle, the mining district that made Nevada.


B.Sci. Geological Engineering, Mackay School of Mines, 1949
Geo. Eng. Professional Degree, Mackay School of Mines, 1966
Dr.Sci. Honorary Degree, University of Nevada, Reno, 1985

Career History
1949-1950: Geological Asst., U.S. Geological Survey; assisted in geochemical and geophysical studies of Steamboat Hot Springs and in the geological mapping of the Virginia City quadrangle.
1950-1953: Partner in United Engineers; a 3-person firm that provided oil and gas leasing and scouting services.
1953-1955: Air Intelligence Officer with a fighter-bomber squadron in the western Pacific.
1956-1965: Mining Engineer, Nevada Bureau of Mines, University of Nevada.
1966-1967: Associate Director, Nevada Bureau of Mines, University of Nevada.
1966-1972: Vice President of three related corporations: Raven Electronics, Inc., Transcon Industries, Inc. and Nevada Geoservices, Inc.; responsible for petroleum exploration, drilling, production and transportation in eastern Nevada.
1972-1975: Chief of construction, Meiser Enterprises, a general contracting firm.
1976-1977: Regional geologist, Bendix Field Engineering Corp., Reno, Nevada; responsible for the operation of the field office and activities of 8 geologists in execution of the National Uranium Resource Evaluation program.
1977-1981: Director, Geology Division, Bendix Field Engineering Corp., Grand Junction, CO; directed all geology research activities in nine field office and a headquarters office in support of the National Uranium Resource Evaluation program of the U.S. Department of Energy. The program required the identification and statistical quantification of the potential uranium resources of the United State. The program was completed on time and under budget.
1981-1987: Director, U.S. Bureau of Mines, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C. responsible for all operations of the Bureau of Mines including ten research centers, three field operation centers, the helium conservation and production facility and the Washington D.C. headquarters.
1987-1990: Director, Center for Strategic Minerals Research and Policy Study, Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno.
1989-1990: Associate Dean, Mackay School of Mines.

Professional Memberships:
Geological Society of Nevada.
Legion of Honor, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.
Society of Economic Geologists.

Other Service or Appointments
1987-1997: Member, Board of Directors, Getchell Gold Corp.
1983-1988: Member, Board of Directors, Mineral Information Institute.
1971-1973: Governor’s Advisory Mining Board, be Gov. Mike O’Callahan; Chairman, 1972
1971-1972: Chairman, Environmental Protection Hearing Board, State of Nevada.
1967-1971: Governor’s Advisory Mining Board, By Gov. Paul Laxalt.
1958: Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress. Defeated in the general election.

Authored numerous publications, for the Nevada Bureau of Mines, dealing with the geology, history and mineral resources of Nevada.
Authored several papers concerning the National Uranium Evaluation Program including the statistical. estimate of unseen uranium resources.
Authored several papers dealing with mineral resources, politics and economics while with and following his term as Director, U.S. Bureau of Mines.

Military Service:
1944-1946: U.S. Navy, Apprentice Seaman (flight officer training).
1953-1955: U.S. Navy, Air Intelligence Officer, Western Pacific.