Geology Professor Receives Prestigious Award
George Asquith was recognized for his contributions as AAPG's all-time best-selling author.
Written by Megan Ketterer
George Asquith, a Texas Tech University professor of geology and former Joe Pevehouse chair, was awarded with the Harrison Schmitt Award, given by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).
Asquith received the award for his significant contributions to geology through his petrophysical research, writing and teaching, as well as his commitment to the AAPG.
He was nominated and then selected by the Honors and Awards Committee at the association. Persons selected must be deserving of recognition for some outstanding accomplishment which does not qualify for other awards from the association.
“It’s a very great honor because Dr. Harrison Schmitt was the first geologist to have walked on the moon,” Asquith said. “The other great pleasure is that Conrad and Marcel Schlumberger were two of the other winners of the award.”
The Schlumbergers founded the world’s largest service and well logging company. The award began in 1973 and was originally named the Special Award, but was renamed to the Harrison Schmitt Award in 2011.
Asquith previously won two awards with the association, he said. The first was in 1984 and it was the President’s Award for the best book published by the AAPG, “Basic Well Log Analysis.”
He recognized that few geology departments taught petrophysical log analysis courses, something important for petroleum geologists. The book’s objective was to create a solid foundation which students could build their petrophysical skills.
“That is one of the largest selling books in the history of AAPG, including its second edition,” he said. “I won Distinguished Educator award in 1997. They give several awards a year and they have an executive committee that goes over different members and what they are doing.”
Asquith said his career choice has worked out well for him, especially considering he went into it somewhat blindly.
“The actual truth is that when I was in the Marine Corps, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do,” he said. “Once I had gotten into a geology class at Texas Tech taught by F. Alton Wade, the Antarctic explorer, I really fell in love with it.”
He graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor of Science in geology in 1961, and decided to further his education and receive a master’s and doctorate in geology at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
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