Lamar Worzel

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Lamar Worzel
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PhD university Columbia University

J. Lamar Worzel (February 21, 1919 - December 26, 2009) was an American geophysicist and oceanographer.

Candidate for SEG Vice-President 1978

GEOPHYSICS 1978, v. 43 n. 4 p. 862.

J. Lamar Worzel, candidate for Vice-President, received his B.S. in engineering physics from Lehigh University in 1940. He worked for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a research associate from 1940 through 1946 on National Defense Research Committee projects. He received is M.A. in 1948 and his Ph.D. in 1949 in geophysics, geology from Columbia University.

At Columbia University he remained in various capacities starting as a research assistant and ending as professor between 1957 and 1972. He was also a founding member, assistant director, acting director (for 1 year), and associate director of Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University.

In 1972 he moved to Texas and was one of the founding members of the Geophysics Laboratory, Marine Science Institute, University of Texas at Austin and served first as acting directory and later as director of the laboratory.

Research during World War II included underwater photography and underwater sound research, culminating in the SOFAR Program which was reported in Memoir 27 of the Geological Society of America's, "Propagation of Sound in the Ocean.

His research and publications include seismic refraction emasurments in shallow and deep ocean areas, pendulum gravity measurments at sea resulting in a book entitled, Pendulum Gravity Measurments at Sea 1936-59, surface ship gravity measurments, satellite navigation, deep sea drilling in the JOIDES program and the Deep Sea Driling Project, and 24-channel seismic reflection measurements. He authored or coauthored 132 research papers besides the above publications.

He served as Chairman of the Oceanographic Committee of SEG from 1974-1976.


Obituary, LA Times, 2 Feb 2009, [1]