Honorary Members


Prof. Ken Glennie : to appreciate Ken Glennie’s contribution we need to go back in time to 1928 when George Lees wrote “The Great arc-shaped mountainous belt of Oman, projecting like a spur into the vitals of Persia and with heights reaching 9,900 ft, is the most striking feature of the map of Arabia, in that it is so obviously abnormal”. Ken has also published the “Concise Geology of Oman” booklet in 2011 and contributed in the “Geological Heritage of Oman” movie.

Prof. John Grotzinger : is a Professor of Geology at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. Grotzinger was – and still is – a field geologist interested in the evolution of Earth’s surficial environments and biosphere. His research addresses the chemical development of the early oceans and atmosphere, the environmental context of early animal evolution, and the geologic factors that regulate sedimentary basins.

Prof. Farouq Al Baz : is a Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, Boston MA, U.S.A. He is an Adjunct Professor of Geology at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Geological Society of America Foundation, Boulder CO.

Mr. Mohamed Al-Harthy :is the first geologist in the early 1990s to put in writing a request to establish a geological society in Oman. Although the circumstances were not ripe at the time, he planted the initial seeds that would eventually germinate in 2001 with the establishment of the Geological Society of Oman (GSO). Once the Society became a reality, Mohamed played and continues to play a pivotal role in both setting strategic goals, executing various events and rendering valuable advise.

Dr. Alan Heward : has published a number of papers on the geology of Oman and has delivered many key PDO internal reports. Dr. Heward has been and is very passionate about the conservation of geological sites in Oman. On this front, he is playing an active advisory rule to the National Committee for the Conservation of Geological Sites. In addition, he is an advocate of this subject in all of his talks as well as fieldtrips. There are many new discoveries to be made in Oman as shown recently by the finds of early vertebrate fish from the Amdeh and the discovery of Al Khlata glacial sediments in the Oman Mountains, whilst looking for vertebrate fish! This honorary membership is in recognition of Dr. Heward from all of us through the Geological Society of Oman for his past and current contributions to the understanding and promotion of the geology of Oman and the Geological Society of Oman.

Dr. Jan Schreurs : has had a long and close association with the Sultanate of Oman and its geology, both the subsurface and the surface geology. He arrived in Oman in 2001 to take up the position of Head of Geological Services in the Exploration Directorate of PDO. During the next nine years, Jan contributed to many GSO’s events, including his famous fieldtrips to Wadi Al Jizzi and the northern Oman’s Ophiolite. Jan has also donated many fossil samples to the society, such as the famous pine fruit from the Gharif outcrops of the Al Huqf area, which dates back to the Permian time. His passion for the outdoors shines through on the website as he indulges his interests in such things as the culture, history, archeology, natural history, environment and people of Oman. Both professionally and privately he maintains a wide network of geological and non-geological specialists around the world and by doing so he has been responsible for many key scientific studies that benefit us all.

Since its establishment in 2001, Dr. Juma Al Belushi has been a key member in the Geological Society of Oman. He has maintained sustainable support to the society’s activities and projects, making him probably the most active member in the society in the last 12 years or so. Juma helped delivering GSO’s most important projects, for example: the “Geological Heritage of Oman” movie, the “Concise Geology of Oman” booklet, the “Documentation and Conservation of Oman’s Geological Site” project, which was submitted to the council of ministries as a proposal to protect the most important geological sites in Oman. Juma never saves any chance to protect and publicise Oman’s geological heritage in his talks and fieldtrips. He has led many fieldtrips for GSO to the Al huqf area in central Oman.