William Born

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William Born
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President year 1940
Membership Honorary Member

William Theodore Born served as the 1940-1941 SEG President.

Biography Citation for SEG Honorary Membership 1959 [1]

Contributed by F. M. Kannenstine

William Theodore Born is an honorary member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. William Born served twice as Vice President and President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, publishing numerous papers during this time and participated in in discussion groups and supported SEG by his contributions to several other committees. These committees included the Best Paper Award Committee, the Publications Committee, the Reviews Committee, and the Research Committee. He also served as President of the Tulsa Geophysical Society and acted as its District Representative to the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

William Born was a graduate of Illinois Oak Park High School and won a scholarship to the University of Chicago. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Very early in his life he started his work as an inventor, investigator, and developer of methods and instrumentation for finding and unlocking nature's secret stores of petroleum.

His other notable achievements include serving as Vice President and Director of the Research Laboratory of the Geophysical Research Corporation, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, member of the A.I.M.M.E., member of the Geophysical Union, and member of the Central Committee on Radio Facilities of the American Petroleum Institute.


  1. (1988) Awards Citations of the SEG, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, p. 41

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