Jeffrey B. Thurston and Richard S. Smith received the 1997 SEG Best Paper in Geophysics Award for their paper Automatic conversion of magnetic data to depth, dip, and susceptibility contrast using the SPI (TM)! method
Biography 1995 
Richard S. Smith received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Further graduate studies were pursued at the University of Toronto. A presentation of his PhD results at the 1988 ASEG/SEG International Conference in Australia received the best paper award (co-authored with G.F. West). He has worked as a research geophysicist at Lamontagne Geophysics, and a postdoctora fellow at Macquarie University. In 1990 he moved to Melbourne where he managed the geophysical data acquisition program for Pasminso, an Australian mining company. He is a member of SEG, ASEG, KEGS, EAEG, and the SEG continuing Education Faculty.
- Thurston, J. B. and R. S. Smith (1997), Automatic conversion of magnetic data to depth, dip, and susceptibility contrast using the SPI (TM)! method, Geophysics 62(3):807.
- Contributors, Geophysics 61(1):307.