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Biography for
Dr. Robert H. Tatham,
Distinguished Lecturer

Robert H. Tatham is a professor of exploration geophysics in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin where he holds the Shell Oil Companies Centennial Chair in Geophysics. His 30 years of industry experience include research and exploration positions with Texaco and GeoSource.

In 1967, Dr. Tatham completed his B.S. in physics at California State University at Northridge and immediately began his career in geophysics with Texaco. Initial activities at Texaco included processing digital seismic data (then a new technology) and progressing to interpretation of data from east Texas, south Texas, and the Gulf of Mexico. While working in this early assignment, Dr. Tatham studied at the University of Houston and completed his M.S. in applied geophysics in 1970. A year later, he began studies at the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University and was awarded his Ph.D. in 1975.

Dr. Tatham is actively involved in SEG activities. He has served as an Associate Editor for GEOPHYSICS (1990-97), has been chair of the SEG Research Committee, where he continues active participation, and has served as the President of the Geophysical Society of Houston (1997-98). He also is involved with integrating geophysical, geological, and reservoir engineering activities.

Dr. Tatham has published extensively on a variety of topics in exploration geophysics, including co-authoring the book Multicomponent Seismology in Petroleum Exploration, currently in its third printing. His dozens of publications include not only numerous papers on shear wave topics but also data processing and reservoir geophysics. He is an active member of SEG, GSH, AAPG, SSA, AGU, and SPWLA.