A teacher who had also served as a lieutenant in the Canadian Navy, Belyea was hired as a technologist in 1945 by the Canadian Geological Survey, and was promoted to geologist in 1947. After oil was struck at Leduc, Alberta, she was one of two geologists sent in 1950 to monitor the discovery. An accomplished equestrian, Belyea went on many field excursions by horseback, travelling for days through the mountains of Alberta and BC. Belyea's many awards included the Barlow Memorial Award for an economic geology paper; she was the first woman honoured this way.
Sources: Despite the Odds 1990; Image: Alberta Women's Science Network website.
Biography at Mentors of the Millennium. Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Belyea
- November 13, 1913
- St. John, New Brunswick
- Date of Death
- May 20, 1986
- Place of Death
- Other Interests
- Mountaineering, skiing, walking, swimming, horseback riding. Membeer, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra League. Assoc. Director of Calgary Zoological Society.
- research scientist emeritus
- Institute of Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology (ISPG)
- BSc (Geology), Dalhousie U, Nova Scotia
- MSc (Geology), Dalhousie U, Nova Scotia
- PhD, Northwestern U, Evanston, Illinois, USA, 1939
- Barlow Memorial Medal (Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 1959
- Honorary Member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, 1962
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 1962
- Officer of the Order of Canada, 1967
- Last Updated
- September 12, 2014
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