Joseph W. Berg, Jr. (1920–1997)



Joe Berg was a geophysicist who traveled many paths to make important contributions to the advancement of his science. Many of us remember him best as the man who, for more than 20 years, saw to it that the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council fulfilled its mandate to guide the support and development of the geological sciences in the United States. Before coming to the academy in 1966, he had established himself as a university professor of geophysics and a productive researcher in seismology. And if Joe were to have a coat-of-arms, it would combine a violin and a golden retriever—two of his passions.