# Difference between revisions of "List of great geophysicists"

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| [[Leonhard Euler]] ([[Wikipedia:Leonhard Euler|WP]]) || 1707-83 || Elastic properties, waves | | [[Leonhard Euler]] ([[Wikipedia:Leonhard Euler|WP]]) || 1707-83 || Elastic properties, waves | ||

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− | | [[Jean le Rond d'Alembert]] || 1717-83 || Derivation of the wave equation | + | | [[Jean le Rond d'Alembert]] ([[Wikipedia:Jean_le_Rond_d'Alembert|WP]]) || 1717-83 || Derivation of the wave equation |

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− | | [[ | + | | [[Ernst Chladni]] ([[wikipedia:Ernst Chladni|WP]]) || 1756–1827 || 'The father of acoustics' |

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− | | [[ | + | | [[Joseph Fourier]] ([[wikipedia:Joseph Fourier|WP]]) || 1768-1830 || The Fourier transform! |

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− | | [[ | + | | [[Thomas Young]] ([[wikipedia:Thomas Young|WP]])|| 1773-1829 || Elastic properties, and wave theory |

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− | | [[Augustin-Jean Fresnel]] || 1788-1827 || Interference | + | | [[Carl Friedrich Gauss]] ([[wikipedia:Carl Friedrich Gauss|WP]]) || 1777-1855 || Too many things to list! |

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+ | | [[Siméon Denis Poisson]] ([[wikipedia: Siméon Denis Poisson|WP]]) || 1781–1840 || Poisson effect, probability | ||

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+ | | [[Augustin-Jean Fresnel]] ([[Wikipedia:Augustin-Jean Fresnel|WP]]) || 1788-1827 || Interference | ||

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| [[James David Forbes]] ([[Wikipedia:James David Forbes|WP]]) || 1809–68 || First [[seismograph]] | | [[James David Forbes]] ([[Wikipedia:James David Forbes|WP]]) || 1809–68 || First [[seismograph]] | ||

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+ | | Aki and Richards || || Seismic theory | ||

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− | | Leon Thomsen || || | + | | Leon Thomsen || || Anisotropy |

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− | | Sven Treitel || || | + | | Sven Treitel || || Seismic theory |

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− | | Enders Robinson || || | + | | Enders Robinson || || Seismic theory |

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− | | Brian Russell || || | + | | Brian Russell || || Seismic analysis, entrepreneurship |

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− | | Dan Hampson || || | + | | Dan Hampson || || Seismic analysis, entrepreneurship |

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− | | Oz Yilmaz || || | + | | Oz Yilmaz || || Seismic theory |

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## Latest revision as of 16:37, 28 April 2016

## Before our time

Name | Dates | Famous for |
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Ibn Sahl (WP) | 940-1000 | Discoverer of Snell’s Law of refraction |

Leonardo da Vinci (WP) | 1452–1519 | See Carcione's essay |

Willebrord Snellius (WP) | 1580-1626 | Refraction |

René Descartes (WP) | 1596-1650 | Corpuscles and bandwidth |

Isaac Newton (WP) | 1643-1727 | Corpuscles and bandwidth |

Pierre de Fermat (WP) | 1601-1665 | Principle of least time, basis for principle of least work |

Christiaan Huygens (WP) | 1629-1695 | Waves |

Robert Hooke (WP) | 1635-1703 | Elasticity |

Leonhard Euler (WP) | 1707-83 | Elastic properties, waves |

Jean le Rond d'Alembert (WP) | 1717-83 | Derivation of the wave equation |

Ernst Chladni (WP) | 1756–1827 | 'The father of acoustics' |

Joseph Fourier (WP) | 1768-1830 | The Fourier transform! |

Thomas Young (WP) | 1773-1829 | Elastic properties, and wave theory |

Carl Friedrich Gauss (WP) | 1777-1855 | Too many things to list! |

Siméon Denis Poisson (WP) | 1781–1840 | Poisson effect, probability |

Augustin-Jean Fresnel (WP) | 1788-1827 | Interference |

James David Forbes (WP) | 1809–68 | First seismograph |

Robert Mallet (WP) | 1810–51 | Controlled source seismology |

Gustav Kirchhoff (WP) | 1824-87 | Basis of common migration equation |

James Clerk Maxwell | 1831-79 | Electromagnetic theory |

John Strutt, Baron Rayleigh (WP) | 1842-1919 | Seismic resolution |

Reginald Fessenden | 1866-1932 | First patent for seismic reflection imaging |

Schlumberger brothers | Conrad 1878-1936 & Marcel 1884-1953 | Founders of Schlumberger and, less directly, CGGVeritas |

Karl Bernhard Zoeppritz | 1881-1908 | Zoeppritz equations! |

Andrew McNaughton | Not known | Military ranging, aided by William Lawrence Bragg, William Tucker, and others; could tell from British POV |

John Karcher | 1894-1978 | Commercialized seismic |

Norman Ricker | 1896-1960 | Ricker wavelet is 2nd derivative of Gaussian |

Dennis Gabor | 1900-79 | Signal processing |

Maurice Ewing WP | 1906-74 | Marine seismology |

John Tukey | 1915-2000 | FFT, with Cooley (1926– ) |

Michael Schoenberg WP | 1939–2008 | Anisotropy |

## In our time

These people are more connected with seismic geophysics specifically.

Name | Born | Famous for |
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Aki and Richards | Seismic theory | |

Leon Thomsen | Anisotropy | |

Sven Treitel | Seismic theory | |

Enders Robinson | Seismic theory | |

Brian Russell | Seismic analysis, entrepreneurship | |

Dan Hampson | Seismic analysis, entrepreneurship | |

Oz Yilmaz | Seismic theory |