Geoffrey Notkin (Author, Meteorite Hunting: How to Find Treasure From Space)
5.20 – Mysterious Relics (11.15.13)
Emmy Award-winning television host and producer Geoff Notkin starred in three seasons of the cult television adventure series Meteorite Men for Science Channel and two seasons of the educational series STEM Journals for Cox Media. He has also appeared in shows for Discovery, NASA EDGE, TLC, PBS, A&E, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, and the BBC. He is a science writer, meteorite specialist, photographer, world traveler, and CEO of Aerolite Meteorites Inc, a leader in meteorite research and recovery.
Notkin has appeared on Coast to Coast and the Today show, and has been interviewed by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Robb Report, Space.com, Universe Today and many other prominent publications. A television and film producer, his credits include Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth, the indie feature, Revenge of Zoe, and the documentaries Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously, and First to the Moon: The Story of Apollo 8.
An award-winning author, Notkin has published hundreds of articles on meteoritics, paleontology, astronomy, adventure travel, history, and the arts, with his work appearing in Astronomy, Astronomy Now, Sky & Telescope, USA Today, Wired, Reader’s Digest, Robb Report, The Village Voice, All About Space, Seed, Rock & Gem, Geotimes and many other national and international publications. He is the author of three non-fiction books, Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space and Rock Star: Adventures Of A Meteorite Man (with an original introduction by Neil Gaiman), and My Incredibly Strange and Amazing Real-Life Adventures in the World of Comic Books. His spaceflight column, Throwing Pebbles at the Sky, is exclusive to the National Space Society’s magazine, Ad Astra.
An authority on meteorites, Notkin has worked with many of the world’s leading institutions, including The American Museum of Natural History, New York; The Natural History Museum, London; and the Vienna Museum of Natural History. He is a long-time member of The Explorer’s Club, sits on the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, the Advisory Board of Deep Space Industries, and the Board of Directors of the Astrosociology Research Institute. Asteroid 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was officially named “Notkin” by the Minor Planet Center in recognition of his contributions to science, education, and the arts.
Adventuring has taken Notkin to over fifty countries and some of our planet’s most remote areas including northern Siberia, the Sahara, Chile’s Atacama Desert, the Australian Outback and he has three times crossed the Arctic Circle. By the age of seven he was already an avid rock hound and fossil collector. His father was an amateur astronomer and shared a love of stargazing. “I was amazed that you could actually see other worlds, through a little telescope, from a suburban London garden,” Notkin states. “The epiphany came when I visited London’s Geological Museum as a child. In the Hall of Meteorites I realized that studying meteorites would be the perfect combination of geology and astronomy. I have been hooked ever since.”
Notkin was born on 14th street in New York City and grew up in London, England. He studied geology, astronomy, photography, writing, and design in London, Boston and New York and now resides in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. He is an accomplished musician, artist, an in-demand public speaker and is available for speaking engagements. 
Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space is the definitive guide to recovering meteorites, written by one of the best-known personalities in the field and co-host of Science Channel’s hit television series Meteorite Men. It includes detailed information on how to locate, excavate, and identify rocks from space, and is filled with insider information from an internationally recognized meteorite specialist. Meteorite Hunting is packed with scores of never-before-seen photos, including behind-the-scenes pictures from Season One and Season Two of Meteorite Men. In 16 chapters, Meteorite Hunting compares and explains different hunting strategies, examines strewnfields and craters, and discusses the best field equipment. It also clarifies the importance of research, advises prospective hunters how to go about gaining permission to hunt on private land, describes how meteorites are named and classified, and includes a fully illustrated visual guide to meteorite identification in the lab and in the field.