Abbreviated biography of Jon Claerbout

Education= (M.I.T., B.S. physics, 1960; M.S. 1963 geophysics thesis; Ph.D. 1967, geophysics thesis advisor memorial video), professor at Stanford University 1967-present (emeritus 2008). Consulted with Chevron (1967-73). Founded the Stanford Exploration Project (SEP) in 1973.

Best Presentation Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) for his paper, "Extrapolation of Wave Fields." Honorary member and SEG Fessenden Award. Elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Elected to the National Academy of Engineering. SEG's highest award, the Maurice Ewing Medal. Honorary Member of the European Assn. of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE). EAGE's highest recognition, the Erasmus Award.

Authored five geophysics books free on the internet (two translated to Russian and Chinese) and four published commercially. All now free in PDF here.

  1. FGDP: "Fundamentals of Geophysical Data Processing," 1976
  2. IEI: "Imaging the Earth's Interior," 1985
  3. PVI: "Earth Soundings Analysis: Processing versus Inversion," 1992
  4. BEI: "Basic Earth Imaging," (internet only)
  5. GIEE: "Geophysical Image Estimation by Example," 2014
The beard is very much shorter now.
(1998 photo by Jos)