This award is presented annually by ISEM to individuals
who have made exceptional contributions to the understanding of the earth
and its resources. The Hedberg Award is supported by Petroleos de Venezuela,
S.A., the national oil company of Venezuela, where Dr. Hedberg devoted
many years of his professional life to the discovery of significant oil
- Dr. Peter R. Vail is this year's
recipient of the Hedberg Award in Energy. Dr. Vail is being honored
for developing a principal paradigm that has guided the search for oil
and gas worldwide during the last thirty years. After a long career
with Exxon, he went to Rice University where he has continued his distinguished
career in geology and as a mentor.
- Dr. Gerald M. Friedman is this
year's recipient of the Hedberg Award in Energy. Dr. Friedman was recognized
for his significant contributions to research in the energy industry,
and for his longtime commitment to education and academic research.
- Mr. Marlan W. Downey is this year's
recipient of the Hedberg Award in Energy. Mr. Downey was honored for
his numerous and significant contributions to the energy industry worldwide,
and for his commitment to education.
- The 2001 Hedberg Award recipient was Dr.
Robert J. Weimer, Professor emeritus of Geological Engineering
at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Weimer was recognized for his influence
in the exploration for energy resources, the training of students to
enter the field and the application of scientific knowledge to the solution
- The 2000 Hedberg Award honored Dr.
University of Texas Senior Research Scientist and Shell Oil Companies
Foundation Distinguished Chair in Geophysics, Dept. of Geological Sciences. Dr. Backus
was a major participant in Geophysical Services Inc.'s petroleum exploration when
seismic digital technology was introduced. He personally
contributed to the development of many of the first seismic processing algorithms.
- The 1999 Hedberg Award recipient was Dr. Robert R. Berg, honored
for his contributions to our understanding of the earth and its resources.
Through his extensive research and professional consulting, he has influenced
the petroleum industry; and through his many years of teaching and academic
administration, he has influenced generations of exploration geologists.
- The 1998 Hedberg Award recipient was Dr. Robert Ginsburg, Professor
of Marine Geology at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric
Science, University of Miami, Florida. Dr. Ginsburg was recognized not
only for his teaching and mentoring of new generations of geological
scientists but also for his significant and continuing contributions
to our knowledge of carbonate rocks.
Past award winners
1983: Hollis D. Hedberg
1984: Grover E. Murray
1985: Parke Dickey
1986: Anibal Martinez
1986: Laurence L.
1990: Sidney Kaufman
and Jack E. Oliver (co-recipients)
1991: William E. Fisher
1993: Dr. Roberto
1994: Digby McLaren
1995: Glen Brown
1996: Gabriel Dengo
1997: James Lee Wilson