Karl Gschneidner, Jr., Ph.D.

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor

Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University






Karl Gschneidner is an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University, and a Senior Metallurgist of the Ames Laboratory, U. S. Department of Energy. He was the founding Director of the Rare-earth Information Center from 1966 to 1996.

Gschneidner received a B.S. degree from the University of Detroit in 1952 and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1957. He was at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1957 to 1963 and joined Iowa State University in 1963.

Gschneidner is considered the world’s foremost authority of rare earth science, technology, application and utilization. He has published over 490 papers in peer reviewed journals, holds 15 patents (plus 11 pending), and given 305 invited presentations. He retired in 2011 as the senior editor of the 41 volume series of the Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths.

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2007 for “contributions to the science and technology of rare-earth materials”, and received over 25 awards and honors, including Fellowships in 5 professional societies.

Gschneidner testified on the rare earth crisis before the U.S. House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee in 2010 and 2011, and also on a panel for Congressional staffers in 2011.