R. D. Wyckoff was a pioneering geophysicist. He served as the 1943-1944 SEG President.
Biography for SEG Presidency
Geophysics, VOL VIII number 1, January 1943 page 76 R. D. WYCKOFF received his B.S. in E.E. at Michigan State College in 1920. After a short period as M.E. in the plant engineering department of the Ford Motor Commpany, one and one-half years on the E.E. staff at Michigan State College, and two years in general electrical engineering work at Lansing, Michigan, he joined the staff of the U. S. Bureau of Standards, Electrical Instrument Section, remaining for a three-year period. In 1926 Mr. Wyckoff entered the geophysical field with the Marland Oil Commpany in Oklahoma, and in 1929 joined the staff of the Gulf Research and Development Company, primarily to continue development of pendulum apparatus, and later in charge of the Physics Division. During the latter period he was associated with the development of gravimeters and general production research. In 1936 he again entered the Geophysics Division and from 1936 through 1939 was District Supervisor in the Gulf Research and Development Company's Houston office. Since that time he has been a member of the geophysical staff at Pittsburgh. He is a Fellow in the American Physical Society and a member of the Institute of Radio Engineers, the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, the American Petroleum Institute, the American Geophysical Union, and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He served as Editor of the Society from 1939 to 1942, in which year he was elected Vice- President.