Harold Kidder

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Harold Kidder
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President year 1973

Harold J. Kidder (1915-2002) served as the 1973-1974 SEG President.

Biography for SEG President Elect Candidacy

H.J. Kidder, candidate for President, was born in Galveston, Texas. He grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, attending grade school and high school there.[1] Upon graduation from the University of Texas in 1932 with a B.A. degree in physics, he went to work on a Geophysical Research Corporation (Amerada) seismic crew. He worked on field crews in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Oklahoma progressing through the position of party chief. He was transferred to Colombia, as a seismic supervisors for two years and in 1948, Mobil transferred him to Calgary, Alberta, Canada from 1952 to 1964. In 1964, he transferred to Mobil's Exploration Services Center in Dallas where he is presently employed as planning associate.

Mr. Kidder is a member of the SEG, AAPG, and DGS, and a charter member of the CSEG. He served as treasurer, vice-president, and, in 1959, as president of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists. He served as 2nd vice-president, 1st vice-president, and in 1969-70, as president of the Dallas Geophysical Society. He has served as Co-Chairman of the Entertainment Committee for the 1965 SEG Annual Meeting, chairman of the entertainment committee of the DGGS Joint Activities Committee, on the entertainment committee for the 1968 AAPG International Annual Meeting, a member of the SEG Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and as SEG 1st Vice-President for 1971-72. He is presently Co-Chairman of the 1973 Annual International SEG Meeting in Mexico City.


Harold J. Kidder was born in Galveston, Texas, but he grew up in Mexico City where his dad was an expatriate engineer.[2] Jim attended both grade and high school in Mexico City and became fluent in Spanish, which would serve him well later in his career. He graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in physics. After graduation, Jim went to work for Geophysical Research Corporation, a subsidiary of Amerada, as  a junior computer on a seismic crew in Louisiana. He later joined Magnolia Petroleum  Company (Mobil Oil) in 1938. He worked on Magnolia seismic crews in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Oklahoma progressing through the position of party chief. He was transferred to Colombia in 1946 where he spent two years as a seismic supervisor for Mobil. In 1948, he was transferred to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was appointed chief geophysicist of Mobil Oil Canada in 1952 and served in that position until 1964 at which time he was transferred to Mobil's Exploration Services Center in Dallas. There he served in several positions in planning and administration.

Jim's final position in Mobil, where he was responsible for the training of most of Mobil's newly hired geophysicists out of college, was one in which he helped initiate and develop the careers of scores of young men and women.

He quickly became an important mentor to all.


  1. Geophysics, Vol. 38, No. 2, April 1973
  2. Memorial, The Leading Edge, January 2004, Vol. 23, No. 1.

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