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Renowned geophysicist and UH professor passes

Sheriff teaching seis strat (2)

Professor Robert E. Sheriff | Courtesy of UH

UH professor emeritus of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Robert E. Sheriff died in Missouri City on Nov. 19. He was 92.

Sheriff was best known for writing the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Geophysics, which has been translated into 75 languages.

“It is the exploration geophysicist’s bible. People refer to it all the time,” said Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department Director Hua-wei Zhou.

To make a gift in Sheriff’s memory, visit the Robert and Margaret Sheriff Endowment in Applied Geophysics at

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Settegast-Kopf Co. at Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land.

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  • Dr. Sheriff was one of the great ones. Earth sciences are richer for his contributions, especially his seismic stratigraphy book.

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