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ROBERT M. SNEIDER
1929–2005

Elected in 2000


“For teaching and demonstrating the importance of synergistic geological, geophysical, and engineering efforts in the exploration and development of hydrocarbon accumulations.”


BY MICHAEL PRATS


ROBERT M. SNEIDER, founder of Robert M. Sneider Exploration Inc., died in Houston on October 29, 2005, at the age of 76. Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2000, he was in the middle of his third year as liaison member between the NAE Earth Resources Engineering Section and the National Research Council when he passed away.

Bob was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, on March 2, 1929; grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey; and attended Rutgers University, where he received a B.S. in geology (with honors) in 1951. He served in Korea as a combat engineering officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers until 1952. Following his military service, he entered graduate school at the University of Wisconsin and received his Ph.D. in geology and mining engineering in 1956.

Greatly influenced by his mentor Gus Archie, of Shell Oil, who shaped Bob’s career and the way he came to think about the subsurface, Bob joined Shell Oil in 1957. He spent the next 18 years, from 1957 to 1974, with Shell Oil or Shell Development Company, primarily as a reservoir geologist working on the application of well logs and reservoir geophysics to sandstone and carbonate reservoirs in the United States and Canada. He also trained geologists, geophysicists, and engineers to work together, the so-called “multidisciplinary team” approach, which reshaped how Shell, and eventually the entire industry, conducted business.



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