Julian Gray is the former curator and executive director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, in Hillsboro, Oregon and is former curator of the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. A Georgia native, Julian studied at Georgia State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in geology. Julian worked with the United States Geological Survey and a number of commercial laboratories and environmental consulting firms.
At Tellus, Julian was involved in the exhibit design for the transition from the 9,000 square foot Weinman Mineral Museum to the 120,000 square foot Tellus Science Museum, which opened in 2009. He was instrumental in acquiring part of the former Academy of Natural Science of Philadelphia collection and the transfer of the Geology Collection of the Georgia Capitol Museum to Tellus.
Julian co-authored Minerals of Georgia and the chapter related to Georgia mineral localities for the book American Mineral Treasures. Julian is active with the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals and Friends of Mineralogy. He has shared his extensive knowledge and experience with others using his photography and through many lectures, symposia, and articles.
Julian Gray has presented more than 65 lectures on subjects as varied as U.S. and worldwide mineral locations, mineral curation, asbestos identification, chemical pollution of groundwater, and advanced photomicrogrtaphy techniques, including:
- How to Dispose of Your Rock and Mineral Collection
- Exploring Minerals of Georgia
- Hunting for Gold in Georgia
- Collecting minerals in the Ilímaussaq alkaline intrusive, southwest Greenland
- American Mineral Treasures – 2008 Tucson Show
- Tucson! The World’s Greatest Mineral Show
- The Geology and Mineralogy of Graves Mountain, Georgia
- Micromounting: An Introduction to Micro Mineral Collecting