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As a part of SEG's mission, we seek to preserve the history of our discipline of exploration geophysics for future generations of geoscientists, and the public. That history, of course, is about the people who were doing exploration geophysics.

Who are the people who are making the difference today?
Who were those who created our discipline and the techniques we use?
What makes a person a geophysicist?
What are geophysicists' career paths?
Who was ...?
Whatever happened to ...?
Who invented ... ?

These questions and more may be answered by considering the careers paths and contributions of geophysicists of the past and present. The SEG Wiki adds to this discussion and helps provide many of these answers.

Explore biographies

  • A-Z directory
  • Women in geoscience
    • Showcases women who have made substantial contributions to the geosciences and/or the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
    • Add the [[Category: Women in geoscience]] tag at the bottom of relevant articles.
    • This tag will allow us to highlight those women who have made substantial contributions to the geosciences.

Adding new biographies

  • Research and add historical and current biographies of geophysics experts and major contributors to the field. New biographies include but not limited to SEG authors, award winners, instructors, and past presidents.

Finding geophysicists to add

There are several ways that "important people" in geophysics may be found so that bio pages can be created:

  1. Awards from SEG and other societies. We are strong on SEG award winners, but need more support locating geophysicists outside the United States.
  2. Bios from Geophysics, conferences, etc.
  3. Bios from other societies, such as the AAPG.
  4. Obituaries from Geophysics, the Leading Edge, and other publications.
  5. Genealogy services such as "Find a grave".
  6. Tracking down missing people. For example, some but not all "Charter Members" and "Founding Members" have been added. Even adding a brief note or stub template will help other contributors and hopefully lead to additional information being found in the future.

Common editing tasks

  1. Links in the headings
  2. References for each page.
  3. Adding information in the infobox
    1. Look for text regarding universities, degrees, membership information, and current company to add to the infobox.
    2. The infobox at the top of the page will list all fields.
  4. Clean up paragraphs as necessary, this includes making lists, removing references from section titles, etc.
  5. Combine biography sections that repeat content, remove repeating content
  6. Add direct links to SEG library of articles and publications mentioned in bio
  7. Improper spacing due to conversion from book to wiki
  8. Add the == References == section and {{reflist}} template if missing.
  9. Remove internal links from the individual's biography, e.g. on Yu Zhang's page, remove the double brackets from his name [[Yu Zhang]] and change to Yu Zhang. Tip: Name will appear in bold if linked.
  10. Add the == External links == section and the {{search}} template at end of article.
    1. The external links and search template allow users to discover content on a variety of different websites, including the SEG Digital Library and Google Scholar.
  11. Remove titles from page names, e.g., change Dr. Yu Zhang to Yu Zhang.

QUICK LAYER: Watch the biographies video tutorial to get a quick introduction to showcasing the field's pioneers!

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The sources

The biographies that follow are from a variety of sources.

  • The early articles of The Leading Edge contained interviews of founding members of the science of exploration geophysics and of the modern oil and gas industry, as well as memorials (in both Geophysics and The Leading Edge) of those who have recently passed.
  • The second great source of biographical information are SEG Awards Citations and bios for SEG Presidential and Vice-presidential candidates.
  • Everytime a person publishes a paper in Geophysics, the SEG asks for a biography and a picture. These appear in a section called Contributors located near the end of the issue in which the paper appears.
  • Finally, there are newspaper obituaries and Wikipedia articles, provided that they are published under the same Creative Commons license that our SEG Wiki is published, or which we have permission to include.

The job is far from complete, but our collection is growing and improving.

These are in pretty good shape

The rest of these still need work

The above awards pages have been created, but still need additional editing. Within each award page, entries in blue have been launched and content exists (edits and additions are always welcome). Those entries displaying in red have no content in place - red text means a Wiki contributor has deemed this content worthy of entry and created a placeholder for that entry. Please feel free to add contributions for both existing entries (hyperlinked in blue) and those marked by a red placeholder (hyperlinked in red).

Some pages, particularly in the SEG Life Membership category have only a photograph, and no text. If you know about the person depicted, please contact us. You may edit the page yourself if you are an SEG member.