George V. Keller (1927-2012) was a geophysicist noted for his pioneering work in the field of electrical exploration geophysics technologies.
George V. Keller of Golden, Colo., died April 17, 2012. Born in 1927, George began teaching at Mines in 1960, remaining until 1993, when he retired as professor emeritus. Head of the Department of Geophysics from 1974 to 1983, his principal area of interest lay in the development and application of electrical geophysical exploration technologies.
After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946, George earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in geophysics from Pennsylvania State University. He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey 1952–1963, in addition to consulting for several government agencies. He served on President Lyndon Johnson’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Mine Safety and President Jimmy Carter’s Energy Research Advisory Board.
George published more than 200 papers and seven books, and was a translator for Russian books and journals. He also received a U.S. patent in 1996 related to his research on the detection and identification of handguns. Predeceased by his first wife, Amber, George is survived by his second wife, Liudvika, and his children, Steve and Susan.
George V. Keller is a professor of geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines, where he has taught since 1964. He served as head of the Dept. of Geophysics from 1974 to 1983. He attended Pennsylvania State University, where he received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics and mathematics, in 1949 and 1954, respectively. Between 1953 and 1964 he was employed as a geophysicist within the U.S. Geological survey, carrying out research on nuclear test detection, physical properties of rocks, and Arctic exploration, and crustal studies. In 1969, along with Prichard, Jacobsen and Harthill, he formed Group Seven, Inc., a company to carry out contract electrical surveys. Group Seven is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Geothermal Kinetics, Inc.
- In Memoriam, Colorado School of Mines Magazine, July 9, 2013.
- Contributors, Geophysics 49(7):1133.