Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 415


Harold Williams Borns, Jr. was born on November 28, 1927, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother was Blanche Borns and his father was Harold William Borns, Sr., who worked in the potato chip industry and was very successful. Harold Borns, Jr. entered the military and served during World War II. After the war, he attended Tufts University where he developed an interest in Geology. He received his Ph.D. from Boston University and did post-graduate work at Yale where he changed his field to glacial geology. He has taught at the University of Maine at Orono since 1956, the longest of any current professor. He established a quaternary Ice Age interdisciplinary group at the university. He credits Edmund Muskie with influencing the acceptance of interdisciplinary studies.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background; field of Geology; connection with Edmund Muskie; starting a quaternary and glacial geology center at the University of Maine at Orono; and interdisciplinary sciences at the University of Maine.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.