Professor, mineralogy, economic geology,
scanning electron microscopy
BDK Science Center 117A
Kenneth Bladh, Professor of Geology, is co-author of the five-volume Handbook of Mineralogy, a comprehensive compilation and critical review of the physical and chemical properties and the origins of the 3,400 known mineral species. Bladh teaches mineralogy, physical geology, and economic geology and tutors students in the geologic applications of X-ray analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and lapidary preparation. He has published in journals such as American Mineralogist, Economic Geology, and Rocks and Minerals, lectures on mineralogy to regional mineral societies, and is the Editor of the Mineralogical Society of America technical data website, Handbook of Mineralogy.
He received his B.A. from Wittenberg University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Sharing an appointment at Wittenberg with his wife, Katherine Laing Bladh, he joined the faculty in 1978.