Cornelius F. Burk ’52

Born in Sarnia, Ontario in 1933, Cornelius (Neil) was employed by the Public Service of Canada as a geological research scientist.  As first director of the Canada Centre for  Geoscience Data, he led the development of the world’s first national system for geoscience data.  While with the Public Service of Canada, Neil received the Outstanding Service Award from the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists.  In 1988, he was given the Federal Public Service Award for twenty-seven years of service from then Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney.  His crowning achievement came in 1988 when he published InfoMap:  A Complete Guide to Discovering Corporate Information Resources, in collaboration with Washington-based international consultant Forest W. Horton, Jr.  Prentice-Hall nominated the book for the Best Information Science Book Award of the American Society for Information Science.