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James L. Allen

Outstanding Alumnus 2013


Doctor of Philosophy - 1974 - Physics

Like many graduate students in physics during the 1970s, Wyoming native James Allen also took several courses in geology and geophysics, which led to a career as a geophysicist. His first job was with Exxon, and, in 1980, persuaded that he could flourish as a consultant, he began Allen Geophysical Consulting. Over his career, Allen has discovered numerous oil and gas fields and has used innovative geophysical techniques to solve a variety of seismic problems in diverse geologic basins.

He is a national director for the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) and a trustee for the SEG Foundation. Allen and his wife, Patricia, believe strongly in education, and, to “give back” to UW, they established a scholarship through the SEG Foundation designated for University of Wyoming students.


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