Gerald (Gerry) Holdsworth was educated in New Zealand and the United States where he obtained a Ph D in Geology, specializing in Geophysics. He came to Ottawa in 1969 to take up a position with the (then) Department of Energy Mines and Resources as Head of the Arctic Section of the Glaciology Sub-Division within Hydrological Sciences Division. He did glacier surveys on Baffin Island and Ellesmere Island before turning attention to Mount Logan in the Yukon. In 1980 he moved to Calgary with the Department of Environment that evolved from earlier Government Departments. He has specialized in high altitude ice core research since then and collaborates with scientists from the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto.