publication . Article . 2005

Organic geochemistry – A retrospective of its first 70 years

Keith A. Kvenvolden;
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  • Published: 21 Oct 2005
Abstract Organic geochemistry had its origin in the early part of the 20th century when organic chemists and geologists realized that detailed information on the organic materials in sediments and rocks was scientifically interesting and of practical importance. The generally acknowledged “father” of organic geochemistry is Alfred E. Treibs (1899–1983), who discovered and described, in 1936, porphyrin pigments in shale, coal, and crude oil, and traced the source of these molecules to their biological precursors. Thus, the year 1936 marks the beginning of organic geochemistry. However, formal organization of organic geochemistry dates from 1959 when the Organic G...
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free text keywords: Geochemistry and Petrology, Earth science, Sedimentary rock, Geology, Organic geochemistry, Petroleum geochemistry, Biogeochemistry, Oil shale, Crude oil, Alternate years, Gordon Research Conferences, Paleontology
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