Peter Mora

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Peter Mora
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PhD university Stanford University


Peter Mora is the author of numerous papers in computational geophysics, as well as one of the editors of the three volume treatise Computational Earthquake Science. Dr. Mora was a long time Professor of Geophysics, in QUAKES, in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Queensland Brisbane, Australia. He was the founding director of the ESSCC Research Center (Earth Systems Science Computational Centre), The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, and of ACES (APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulation), an international cooperative scientific venture.

Mora's research career spanned exploration geophysics (modeling and imaging/inversion), earthquake source simulation, petrophysical aspects of earthquake ruptures, microphysics simulations of rocks, and many other related topics in computational geophysics.

"Peter Mora, 1987."

Biography 1987 [1]

Peter Mora received a B.Sc. in geophysics (1978) and a B.Sc. Honours degree (1979) from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He worked for Esso Australia as a geophysicist and programmer and later consultant to Delhi Petroleum developing forward modeling software including ray tracing and finite-difference schemes. In 1985 he worked as a researcher at l'Institute de Physique du Globe in Paris. He is currently at Stanford working toward Ph.D. on elastic inversion.

Honorable Mention (Geophysics) 1988

Peter Mora received 1988 Honorable Mention (Geophysics) for his paper Elastic wave-field inversion of reflection and transmission data.[2]


  1. Contributors, GEOPHYSICS 52(9):1316.
  2. Mora, P. (1988) Elastic wave-field inversion of reflection and transmission data, GEOPHYSICS 53(6):750.