# Difference between revisions of "List of great geophysicists"

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− | | [[Ibn Sahl]] ([[Wikipedia:Ibn Sahl]] | + | | [[Ibn Sahl]] ([[Wikipedia:Ibn Sahl|WP]]) || 940-1000 || Discoverer of Snell’s Law of refraction |

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− | | [[Willibrord Snellius]] ([[Wikipedia:Willibrord Snellius]] | + | | [[Willibrord Snellius]] ([[Wikipedia:Willibrord Snellius|WP]]) || 1580-1626 || [[Refraction]] |

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− | | [[René Descartes]] ([[Wikipedia:René Descartes]] | + | | [[René Descartes]] ([[Wikipedia:René Descartes|WP]]) || 1596-1650 || Corpuscles and bandwidth |

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− | | [[Isaac Newton]] ([[Wikipedia:Isaac Newton]] | + | | [[Isaac Newton]] ([[Wikipedia:Isaac Newton|WP]]) || 1643-1727 || Corpuscles and bandwidth |

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− | | [[Pierre de Fermat]] ([[Wikipedia:Pierre de Fermat]] | + | | [[Pierre de Fermat]] ([[Wikipedia:Pierre de Fermat|WP]]) || 1601-1665 || Principle of least time, basis for principle of least work |

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| [[Robert Hooke]] || 1635-1703 || Basis for seismology | | [[Robert Hooke]] || 1635-1703 || Basis for seismology | ||

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

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

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| [[John Karcher]] || 1894-1978 || Commercialized seismic | | [[John Karcher]] || 1894-1978 || Commercialized seismic |

## Revision as of 16:07, 14 August 2012

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

Willibrord 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 |

Robert Hooke | 1635-1703 | Basis for seismology |

Christian Huygens | 1629-1695 | Waves |

Leonard Euler | 1707-83 | Elastic properties, waves |

Joseph Fourier | 1768-1830 | |

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

Augustin-Jean Fresnel | 1788-1827 | interference |

Karl Friedrich Gauss | 1777-1855 | Too many things to list! |

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 |

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