NEVEL G. W. COOK
BY DOUGLAS W. FUERSTENAU AND RICHARD E. GOODMAN
A DISTINGUISHED EXPERT ON MINING and the mechanical behavior of rocks, Neville G. W. Cook, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley, died of cancer on March 3, 1998, at his home. Although he had suffered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma for a number of years, he remained professionally active essentially to the end of his life. He was known internationally for his contributions to rock mechanics, the design of deep mines, and study of underground nuclear waste repositories. A skilled teacher and researcher, Cook was also an able administrator, serving on many committees to help shape the College of Engineering, the Berkeley campus, and his field of study.
Born in Pretoria, South Africa, on January 29, 1938, Neville Cook received his B.Sc. degree in engineering in 1959 and his Ph.D. in geophysics in 1962 from the University of Witwatersrand. In his dissertation research, Neville initiated a study of the failure of the rock surrounding underground excavations, with particular reference to the seismic description of rock bursts in the deep mines of the Rand, including an inventive physical model for locating the sources of rock burst events.
Neville Cook's remarkably productive professional career began in 1962, when he served for a year as a research fellow in the Department of Geophysics and Geochemistry of the Australian National University, Canberra. During this time he wrote