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Fonds F0056 - Sven Treitel and Enders Robinson fonds.

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Sven Treitel and Enders Robinson fonds.


  • 1962-1977 (Creation)

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13 cm of textual records

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Enders A. Robinson and Sven Treitel are well-known for their contributions to the digital processing of seismic data. The scientists met as graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and their collaboration with on the Robinson-Treitel reader, and several books that followed, has laid the foundation of much that is done in seismic processing today. The Robinson-Treitel Reader was first published in 1969 by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and Seismic Service Corporation as a service to the industry. Drs Sven Treitel and Enders Robinson were the Society of Exploration Geophysicists 1969 Medal Award winners and their Reader became one of the mostly highly valued books in the profession, ranked third in the list of the top ten geophysics books by SEG as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations in 2005. .

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Fonds consists of correspondence between geophysicists Dr Sven Treitel and Dr Enders Robinson which resulted in the publication of the Robinson-Treitel Reader and several other publications pertaining to seismic processing as applied in the oil industry. The Robinson-Treitel Reader is the third most highly ranked geophysics book by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

The records extend over two separate time periods --the first from 1962-1965, the second from 1974-1977, Dr Treitel explains. "They represent our joint research in geophysical signal processing, much of which subsequently led to the publication of a series of technical papers and books. The records are in the form of dated and page-numbered handwritten notes. These we exchanged by snail mail over both time periods (this all happened pre Internet!); they form a running description of some ideas that evolved into successful applications in the oil industry, as well as others that produced nothing more than dead ends."

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Administrative records are restricted for a period of 15 years as authorized under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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