Gregory A. Merkel
Gregory A. Merkel is a Research Fellow in the Crystalline Materials Research Department at Corning Incorporated where he has pursued a career in technical ceramics since 1981. He received his Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his Doctorate in Geochemistry and Mineralogy from the Pennsylvania State University. Motivated by a quest for beauty and a strong intellectual curiosity, Gregory has an enthusiasm for glass that spans all of its aesthetic, historic, and scientific aspects. For over 25 years, Gregory has been collecting and studying 19th and early 20th century iridescent art glass and luster ceramics, with a special focus on Steuben glass from Frederick Carder’s era. His interest in the science behind this material has led Gregory to write a comprehensive book on Steuben colored glassware manufactured from 1903 to 1933, interpreting the glass formulas in Frederick Carder’s laboratory notebooks housed in the Corning Museum’s Rakow Research Library. Gregory has also conducted x-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) analysis on Tiffany foil-baked and iridescent glass from The Neustadt’s Glass Archive. He is a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass. Gregory joined the board of The Neustadt in 2013.