E. A. Eckhardt

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E. A. Eckhardt
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President year 1939
Membership Honorary

E. A. Eckhardt was a pioneering geophysicist who served as the 1939-1940 SEG President.

Biography Citation for SEG Honorary Membership 1952 [1]

Contributed by Sigmund Hammer

The highest honor the Society of Exploration Geophysicists can bestow in recognition of long and outstanding achievements and contributions in the field, geophysical exploration, is an Honorary Life Membership in the Society.

Each year the Society's committee on Honors and Awards examines the membership rolls to see if anyone among the members deserves to be so honored. Four times during the 22 years of the Society's existence this has been done. This year the Honors and Awards Committee has recommended that a fifth Honorary Membership should be awarded, and this recommendation has been unanimously approved by the Executive Committee and the Council of the Society. It gives me deep personal pleasure and distinguished honor to present this award at this time. The recipient is Dr. E. A. Eckhardt, vice president, assistant director and staff geophysicist of Gulf Research and Development Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Eckhardt has had a long and distinguished career in Geophysical Exploration and has pioneered its development since its inception in this country. In 1920 he gave a talk on Geophysical Exploration before a colloquium of geologists at the U.S. Geological Survey. This is probably the first talk on this subject delivered in the Western Hemisphere. In the following years, not excluding the present, he has been a leader in developing and promoting Geophysical Exploration to its present stature of world importance.

Dr. Eckhardt, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists awards an Honorary Membership to you. This is an official and public recognition of its debt to you for your outstanding interest in its affairs since its inception, for your contributions to the development and improvement of several important geophysical exploration techniques, for your administrative genius in developing men, and for your effective leadership in promoting wholesome cooperation between geologists and geophysicists.

In grateful recognition of your many contributions to geophysical exploration, we welcome you to join the small and distinguished roll of honorary membership in the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.


  1. (1988) Awards Citations of the SEG, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, p. 22.

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