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Mary Emma Wagner

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Mary Emma Wagner

Mary Emma Wagner is a renowned professional in the field of geology and is well known for her work through out the state of Pennsylvania. She was born on June 20th 1927 in Wilmington, Delaware to parents John and Emma Mertz. After high school Mary enrolled into Mount Holyoke College, a liberal arts school for women in South Hadley, Massachusetts. In 1948, Wagner graduated with her Bachelors of Arts degree. A year later on September 10th 1949 she married her husband Daniel Hobson Wagner.

Daniel and Mary later had four children, Christopher, Daniel, Thomas John, Elizabeth Ann and David Jr. Following the expansion of her family, Mary enrolled back into school at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She obtained a Master of Science degree from another liberal arts school for women graduating in 1966. Wagner went on to earn her Ph.D. from the same college finishing in 1972.

Mary’s educational background, expertise in geology and perseverance granted her a position as a Lecturer in Geology at University of Pennsylvania upon graduation in 1972. She spent the next twenty-one years in the position, making major contributions to geology, winning the Grantee National Science Foundation award from her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College from 1977 until 1979.

Being infamous for her accomplishments in geology, Mary became a prominent member of the Geological Society of America and Philadelphia Geological Society from 1984 to 1986; later joining the American Geophysical Union. In 1990 she was awarded with another Grantee from the Pew Foundation, University of Pennsylvania where she worked for eight-teen years. By 1993 Wagner moved on in her career becoming a Lecturer Emeritus at the University.

Wagner’s contributions in geology have been widely recognized by the American Journal of Science and the Geological Society of America. Her name has been mentioned in countless publications, articles, bulletins and is often quoted as a reference when it comes to the field of geology. Today Mary still holds her title as Lecturer Emeritus, the same position she’s held since 1993. Mrs. Wagner is still educating students in geology and science after 45 years in the industry.

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