Awards & Scholarships

Eugene R. Brownscombe (SPE)

AIME Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal* in

"For more than 40 years of continuous contributions to the technology of oil recovery; for pioneering innovations in enhanced oil recovery, particularly that of miscible gas displacement; and for outstanding inspiration and encouragement of young petroleum engineers."

Eugene R. Brownscombe recently retired as Technical Director of Diagnostic Services, Inc., Dallas. He was graduated from Yale University in 1928 and received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Yale in 1932. That year he pined Cold Spring Harbor Biological Laboratory, studying the chemical effects of X-rays.

In 1934 Dr. Brownscombe moved to The Atlantic Refining Co. During his 35-year career with Arco, his work concentrated on the technology of oil recovery. He has co-authored a number of papers and patents on enhanced oil recovery. In 1963 he presented a paper to the World Petroleum Congress in Frankfort, Germany, on Atlantic's miscible processes.

After retiring from Arco in 1969, Dr. Brownscombe became Director of Technology for Sonics International and taught calculus at Bishop College. In 1978, when Diagnostic Services, Inc. was formed, he became its Technical Director.

From 1948 to 1969 Dr. Brownscombe was an active member of the American Petroleum Institute's Advisory Committee on Fundamental Research on Occurrence and Recovery of Petroleum. He was elected President of the Dallas-Fort Worth Council of Scientific and Engineering Societies. During 1968-1970 he served on the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Advisory Board.