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Who's Who in Mineral Names: Patrick E. Haynes (b. 1953)

Haynesite is named after Patrick E. Haynes, a mineral field-collector who is well known in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and adjacent states. He has a remarkable record for searching out and recognizing new and unusual minerals, and his efforts have led to the description of several new mineral species.

Haynes was born in California and spent most of his early years there, although his family also lived in Wyoming, New Mexico, Texas, and elsewhere. He earned an associate degree from Orange Coast Community College, Costa Mesa in 1976 (he was Earth Science Student of the Year for 1972–73) and later attended Golden West Community College, Huntington Beach, California. He went on to the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico, where he received a bachelor's degree in geology in 1981. While at New Mexico Tech he was employed part-time as a mineralogical assistant, working for the then-curator of the mineral museum, Robert M. North. Haynes subsequently worked as a field geologist for FRM Minerals, Lakewood, Colorado, and for Nielsons Skanska, Inc., Cortez, Colorado, doing geotechnical work. He currently lives with his wife, Mary Anne, in Vienna, Virginia, and is involved in part-time mineral sales, field collecting and exploration, and photomicrography.

Dr. Peter J. Modreski, an executive editor of Rocks & Minerals, is a geochemist and public communications specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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