Roy Lindseth passed away on July 8, 2018.
Roy pioneered the technology of synthetic well logs, digital seismic signal processing (DSSP); invented Seismic Trace Inversion; and developed techniques that allowed seismic to be used for stratigraphy and reservoir delineation. He founded four companies and was a remarkable contributor to Geophysics and to the industry.
Roy was the President of CSEG, SEG, and APEGA. He received many awards in his lifetime for his work, most notably the Order of Canada
In honour of Roy Lindseth's major contributions, the CSEG Recorder would like to look back on his 2007 interview with Satinder Chopra and Penny Colton.
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An interview with Roy Lindseth
Roy Lindseth is one name that every geophysicist has heard of as somewhere along the geophysical journey, one comes across contributions made by him. Amongst his many contributions, his pioneering work on 'Seislog' stands out. Some of our senior colleagues in the industry would have attended Roy’s course on 'Recent Advances in Digital Data Enhancement Techniques’, that he started teaching on the SEG Continuing Education platform since 1968. He has taught this course in more than 48 countries around the world. As a result of his long and varied contributions, Roy has received many honors and awards, some of which are: the Meritorious Service Award, Honorary Member and Gold Medal from CSEG, J. Tuzo Wilson Award from CGU, Centennial Award and Honorary Member from APEGGA, Queen's Jubilee Medal, Doctor of Laws from University of Calgary, Canadian Industry Development and our country's highest honor – the Order of Canada. SEG honors bestowed on Roy include the Kaufmann Gold Medal, Honorary Membership, Enterprise Award and the Maurice Ewing Gold Medal given recently.
Roy is a quiet and a humble soul and very polite in his speech. Both Penny Colton and Satinder Chopra sat down with Roy and made him go down his memory lane. Following are excerpts from their conversation.
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