Peter F. Bermel

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Peter Frank Bermel (born  December 1, 1927 in New York City , New York - † October 21, 2017 ) was an American cartographer and topography engineer . He worked in various functions for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), particularly in Antarctica . The naming of a number of geographical objects goes back to Bermel.


Bermel graduated in 1948 as Bachelor of Science in the Department of Civil Engineering at the School of Mines and Metallurgy of the University of Missouri in Rolla . While still a student, he worked as a field research assistant at the USGS, in whose hierarchy he rose to the position of deputy director of all research programs there , interrupted by his military service with the United States Army between 1953 and 1960. He took up this position from 1983.

From 1960 to 1961, together with geologist Arthur B. Ford , he led a team to explore the Thiel Mountains in Marie-Byrd-Land . Between 1962 and 1963 he undertook geodetic surveys in the Ross Dependency including the Victoria Land in the area from Cape Hallett to the Wilson Hills and from the Beardmore Glacier to the Horlick Mountains . These expeditions led to the discovery, registration and naming of a number of geographic objects. Bermel itself is the namesake for the Bermel Escarpment and the Bermel Peninsula .

Bermel had been a member of the Explorers Club since 1962 . From 1973 he headed the Pan American Institute of Geography and History . From 1979 he was a member of the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names , which he headed between 1993 and 1994. US President George HW Bush presented him with the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the US Department of the Interior the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award .


Individual evidence

  1. ^ John Stewart: Antarctica - An Encyclopedia . Vol. 1, McFarland & Co., Jefferson and London 2011, ISBN 978-0-7864-3590-6 , pp. 153 and 571 (English).
  2. ^ Peter F. Bermel - Obituary . Obituary in the Washington Post on October 29, 2017. Retrieved from on November 29, 2019.