Awards & Scholarships

Donald W. Peaceman

Donald W. Peaceman (SPE)

AIME Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal* in 1991

"For pioneering efforts in the development of reservoir simulation technology for the petroleum industry; for his work in the development of massive reservoir simulators; and for outstanding contributions to the Society of Petroleum Engineers as author of more than 30 technical papers, as program chairman of SPE conferences, and as editor of Society publications."

Donald W. Peaceman, retired Senior Research Advisor for Exxon Production Research Co. in Houston, holds a B.S. from the City College of New York and a D.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in Chemical Engineering. He began his career in 1951 with Humble Oil & Refining Co. in production research, numerical mathematics, and application of computers to reservoir simulation, When the company reorganized as Exxon Production Research Co, in 1964, he continued as research advisor in reservoir simulation and seismic data processing. Dr. Peaceman has written more than 20 articles, one book and holds a U.S. patent. Since his retirement from Exxon, Dr. Peaceman has been a consultant for J. S Nolan & Associates (now part of Western Atlas International) and Adjunct Professor, Mathematical Sciences, at Rice University.

Dr. Peaceman has served SPE as chairman of the 1976 Numerical Simulation Symposium Program Committee, and was a member of the 1977 Editorial Review Committee, the 1983 Numerical Simulation Symposium Program Committee. the 1984 Reprint Series Committee, and the 1991 Reservoir Simulation Symposium Program Committee. He received the 1979 AIME Robert Earll McConnell Award for his contributions to reservoir engineering and was the 1985 recipient of the SPE Reservoir Engineering Award.