A West Virginia University history professor has garnered national acclaim for his multidisciplinary work that combines the study of geology and geography with history.

Gregory Good , an associate professor of history in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences , is the 2008 recipient of the Mary C. Rabbitt Award .

Presented annually by the Geological Society of Americas History of Geology Division, the Mary C. Rabbitt Award recognizes exceptional scholarly work that contributes to the understanding of the history of the geological sciences. It is named for a noted U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist and research historian who died in 2002.

Good has been researching and writing about the history of earth sciences for more than three decades. His multidisciplinary research draws connections from broad fields and explores British astronomer John Herschels optics, geomagnetism, geophysics and geosciences.

I am honored to receive this award and humbled to share it with other scholars and colleagues,he said.

Good is graduate director in the Department of History at WVU and director of the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics .

He has a bachelors degree in physics from St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania and masters and doctoral degrees in history and philosophy of science from the University of Toronto. He was a Smithsonian postdoctoral fellow, a Carnegie Institution research associate and a visiting scholar at Cambridge University.

He is the author ofSciences of the Earth: An Encyclopedia of Events, People, and Phenomenaand the former editor of Earth Sciences History.

Students of history and geology and geography are benefiting from Goods multidisciplinary work, said Elizabeth Fones-Wolf , chair of the Department of History.

It introduces geography and geology students to important historical and social perspectives, and history students gain new methodological and analytical paradigms for their research,she said.