Filed Under (FSEM Beauty and Brains) by tlandy on 31-10-2011

Tara Landy

FSEM 100F8

Assignment 6

Comparison of Scientists (Adriana Ocampo and Walter Alvarez)




  • Jan. 5, 1955 in Columbia.
  • Grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Married Kevin O. Pope, now divorced

Education and Training

  • Worked since high school for NASA.
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Viking Space Mission
    • Hermes Mission
  • Studied Aerospace Engineering at Pasadena City College
  • Geology California State University in Los Angeles (bachelors degree)

Major Accomplishments

  • Involved in NASA mission to
    • Jupiter
    • Project Galileo
    • Mars Observer
  • Crater of Doom

Annual Salary

  • Approximately $156,000




  • Born October 3, 1940 in Berkeley, California
  • Son of Luis W. Alvarez, famous Nobel Prize winning physicist
  • Married to Millie, no children.

Scientific Expertise

  • Earth and Planetary Science


  • B.A. in geology in 1962 from Carleton College in Minnesota
  • Ph.D. in geology from Princeton University in 1967

Professional Positions

  • American Overseas Petroleum Limited in Holland and in Libya
  • Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University
  • 1994 to 1997 Alvarez was Chairman of the Department of Geology and Geophysics
  • Professor in the Earth and Planetary Science department at the University of California, Berkeley


  • Tectonic Paleomagnetism
  • Impact Theory

 Crater of Doom!

  • Roman geology and archeology
  • Big History at UC Berkeley in 2006

Annual Salary

  • Approximately $115,000

I selected Walter Alvarez to compare to Adriana Ocampo because they are both planetary geologists. They also wrote a book together called “T-Rex and the Crater of Doom.” The book inclides their theory about how the dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago! They believe that a giant asteroid hit the earth and caused the dinosaurs mass extinction. They came up with the theory after discovering the “Crater of Doom” in Mexico. Walter and Adriana love being  geologists and encourage students to learn about our universe’s history.

I do not believe that gender influenced the careers of Adriana and Walter. Their salaries, promotions, and awards given were very similar and both were successful in their research. In fact, the women to men ratio in Geology is on the rise! In 2006, only 30% of Geologists were women. Now, statistsics show that 40% of Geologists are women. I have confidence that women are equally treated in the field of Geology.


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