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WEAVER, PAUL

WEAVER, PAUL (1888–1964). Paul Weaver, geophysicist, son of Eli W. and Susan E. (Oberlin) Weaver, was born in Carrollton, Kentucky, on May 18, 1888. He received a B.A. degree in geology from Columbia University in 1908, was awarded the John Dash Van Buren prize in mathematics, and in 1908–09 worked as an aide for the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. He was employed for a time by the British Intelligence Service in the House of Lloyd in London. In 1909–10 he worked for the United States Geological Survey and 1910–11 as an assistant geologist for the Bermudez Corporation in Venezuela and Trinidad. From 1912 to 1915 he served as geologist and superintendent for S. Pearson and Sons, Whitehall Petroleum Corporation, and Compañía de Petróleo El Âguila, involved in exploration in Siberia, Sakhalin, and Mexico. In 1926 Weaver joined the Gulf Oil Corporation. He was promoted to chief geologist in 1929, the year he married Stella Dumesnil, and remained in the position until 1951. In 1947 he served as a member of the Economic Development Committee of the Houston Chamber of Commerce, involved in planning the development of postwar metropolitan Houston. He was a technical assistant to the vice president of Gulf from 1951 until 1953, when he retired to become a professor of geology at Texas A&M. He was a consultant from 1953 until his death on June 23, 1964. Weaver had one stepson. He also served as a geophysicist in Germany and the Far East and published articles in scientific and technical periodicals on geology, geophysics, water conservation, salt, and sulfur relating to Gulf Coast area growth. With Everette L. DeGolyer he pioneered the application of geophysics to oil exploration. He was president of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the American Association of Petroleum Geology, vice president of the Texas Academy of Scienceqv, and a member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, the American Institute for Metals, the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He won the Sidney Powers Award of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 1958. Weaver was interested in the utilization of water from underground sources and served on the water committee of the Houston Geological Society, the Houston Chamber of Commerce, and the Legislative Draft Committee of the Texas Water Conservation Association.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Houston Geological Society Bulletin, September 1964. Houston Metropolitan Research Center Files, Houston Public Library. Houston Post, June 24, 1964.

Diana J. Kleiner

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Diana J. Kleiner, "WEAVER, PAUL," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwe42), accessed July 25, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.