Lee Bell

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Lee Bell
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Membership Life Member

Lee Bell is a distinguished geophysicist and a successful leader in the exploration geophysics industry. His technical and business efforts over the past 30 years have made significant impact on our industry. After earning his MS and PhD degrees in geophysics from Stanford, Lee pioneered and led the initial commercial use of seismic data processing technologies at Digital Exploration from 1981 to 1984. He co-founded Entropic Processing in 1984 and Entropic Geophysical in 1986. He has served as president of Entropic Geophysical, president of Geosignal, vice president of Western Geophysical, global general manager of WesternGeco, president of GDC, and chief geophysicist of Geokinetics Corporation. His successful leadership and deep understanding on the theoretical and practical aspects of exploration geophysics along with his clear business vision helped these companies to grow and established important milestones in various development stages of our industry.

Biography Citation for SEG Life Membership 2013

Contributed by Öz Yilmaz

It is most appropriate for SEG to recognize Lee Bell with Life Membership for his exceptional service to the Society. Lee has been actively involved in organizing SEG activities for many years. He previously served as an SEG District Representative, Treasurer and Vice President of the Board of the SEG Global Inc., and Chairman of the EAGE-SEG Collaboration Committee. As his latest voluntary assignment for the Society, Lee is serving as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the 2013 SEG Annual Meeting.

Lee received a BA degree in physics from the University of California in 1970, and an MS degree in geophysics in 1973 and PhD in geophysics in 1976, both from Stanford University. Besides his active involvement in SEG affairs, Lee Bell is a distinguished geophysicist and a successful leader in the exploration seismic industry. His technical and business efforts over the past 30 years have made significant impact on our industry.

Lee Bell pioneered and led the initial commercial use of seismic data processing technologies at Digital Exploration from 1981 to 1984, where he managed a group dedicated to contract research for Aramco. The group developed many new and innovative processing technologies used by both Aramco and Digicon. Lee co-founded Entropic Processing in 1984 and Entropic Geophysical in 1986. He was responsible for all aspects of research and development of new data processing techniques. He also assisted in marketing and sales.

In 1991, Lee pursued his career at Geosignal, first as vice president for research and development, then as president. With the acquisition of Geosignal, Lee then continued his assignment as vice president of Western Geophysical, and global general manager for seismic reservoir services at WesternGeco.

In 2004, Lee moved to Geophysical Development Corporation (GDC) as president, and, upon acquisition of GDC, later became chief geophysicist of Geokinetics Corporation. In his current position, Lee advises on the technical strategy of the entire corporation, including acquisition and processing. He conducts high-level client presentations, works with equipment manufacturers, and suggests and develops new methodologies for acquiring and processing seismic data.

Lee Bell’s successful leadership and deep understanding on the theoretical and practical aspects of exploration geophysics accompanied with his clear business vision helped the companies he worked for to grow and establish important milestones in various development stages of our industry. The SEG Life Membership Award is a testimony to his professional achievements.