This week, members of the Basin and Reservoir Lab visited the recently cleaned and polished memorial to the deceased Abraham P. Gesner (May 2, 1797 – April 29, 1864). The Dalhousie Sable Petroleum Club (AAPG, CSPG) and the Basin & Reservoir Lab recently had the monument cleaned, as a tribute to Gesner’s outstanding contribution to the world’s oil industry as the inventor of kerosene. A Canadian physician and geologist, Gesner is also credited as a primary founder alongside Ignacy Lukasiewicz, who developed the modern kerosene lamp. The monument was originally erected in 1933 by Imperial Oil in Halifax’s Camp Hill Cemetery. It was Gesner who discovered the process of converting albertite to kerosene, which was then used as a less expensive alternative to the commonly used whale oil at the time. (Photo: Natasha, Carlos, Trevor, Anne, Merle MacIsaac – ExxonMobil, Prof. Grant Wach, Taylor, Carla).