Edward J. Gübelin Dies at 91

Dr. Edward (Eduard) J. Gübelin, a leader in the international gemological movement since the 1930s, died March 14, two days before his birthday, in his sleep at a hospital where he was recuperating from heart surgery, in Lucerne, Switzerland, his home. He was 91. Gübelin was an internationally renowned researcher, author, and lecturer in gemology, and his passing elicited many tributes. The Gemological Institute of America—where he was an early student, graduate, lifelong supporter, contributor, and its first Research Member (1948)—planned a May 21 memorial service at GIA's Carlsbad, Calif., headquarters; a new scholarship in his name; and establishment of the Edward Gübelin Research Fund. The Gübelin Gem Lab in Lucerne, the family business started by his father that Gübelin and his brother Walter later led, praised him as the internationally recognized authority on gemsto
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