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John C. Belshé

From 1950–1956 John Belshé passed the civil service professional examination for entry into the U.S. Geological Survey, and subsequently had geophysical exploration experience from North to South America. In 1953 he went to Cambridge University, England, completing his master’s degree in geophysics to begin research in rock magnetism. In 1956–1963 he joined the staff of the Dept. of Geodesy and Geophysics. During this period he worked with the firing of the Calke Woods Experimental Kiln, the Little Newton pre-dig surveys, collaboration with Prof. Thellier of Paris, a fellowship at the British School at Athens (where a magnetometer was installed as part of the International Geophysical Year),sampling in North Africa, surveys in the Dead Sea rift valley for scroll related materials, a conference on archaeological prospection in London in 1962, and the beginning of magnetic measurement of marine sediments in the Pacific Ocean at the Scripps Institution ofOceanography. From 1964–1967 his major focus lay on supporting the Mohole Deep Drilling project at Scripps and later as Professor of Applied Oceanography at the University of Hawaii. He assisted archaeological investigations by the University on the island of Hawaii, principally through aerial photography, soil 14:30 – 16:00 testing, computer support, and database organization. John worked with a subsidiary of the Ling Tempco Vought Corporation in the final testing and subsequent operation of the Barking Sands tracking range between 1967 and 1970. He organized onsite support for the Lapakahi dig on Hawaii with time shared computing for the University of Hawaii. Later he joined the research staff of the Oceanic Institute on Oahu to plan and assist deepwater habitat engineering and research. He founded the E-Cubed Science Services Collaborative in Honolulu in 1970 and conducted environmental studies in Hawaii and Micronesia as well as obtaining registration as a Professional Civil Engineer. Between 1972 and 1975 he became Chief Environmental Planner for the Pacific Ocean Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He conducted surveys and environmental impact studies for sites in Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Okinawa and the state of Hawaii. From 1975–1992 John served in the Headquarters of the Civil Works Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington DC, first as a review staff member of the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors (including 14 months as a Congressional Fellow), then as Chief of Environmental Planning for a nationwide workforce of some 550 professionals which included about 60 archaeologists. In 1992–1997 he worked as staff scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency, first in the Statistics Branch and later in the Federal Activities Branch.