Albert E. J. Engel Interview, February 28, 1989


Albert E. J. Engel


Jana McLain



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Albert E. J. Engel recalls his childhood adventures in the Missouri Ozarks, which led to his interest in geology. He acknowledges Arthur Buddington as his greatest influence in the field and describes working with Buddington at Princeton University. Engel discusses working with his geochemist wife, Celeste Engel, throughout his career and notes their love of Montana and their decision to retire in the Bitterroot Valley. Engel details how the development of plate tectonic theory dramatically changed the field of geology. He explains that his transition from petrology to hydrology was informed by desire to study the movement of groundwater in Montana. Engel talks at length about climate change, pollution, and overpopulation. He also credits Thomas M. Power of the University of Montana’s Department of Economics with studying the financial benefits of Montana’s tourist industry in comparison with the environmental and economic costs of mining activities in the state.


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Document Type

Oral History


Geology; Geochemistry; Women in Geology; Hydrology; Petrology; Paleontology; Buddington, Arthur; Tetonic shift; Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Climate Change, Power, Thomas M.; Environmentalism; Engel, Celeste G.; Engel, Albert E. J.; Bitterroot Valley, Montana

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

University of Montana History Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 226-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)]

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:53:15 minutes

Local Filename

OH_226_001.mp3; OH_226_001.pdf

Albert E. J. Engel Interview, February 28, 1989