Robert H. Tatham

Austin, Texas

Dec 10, 1943 – Oct 4, 2019


December 10, 1943
October 4, 2019
Austin, Texas


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Robert was born on December 10, 1943 and passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019. He attended California University at Northridge, University of Houston, and Columbia University where he earned a PhD in seismology.

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In the late '60 we were doodlebugs with Texaco in Bellaire, Texas. A bunch of us bachelors hung out together and have many unprintable stories. Thanks Bob.

Bob Tatham was not only a valued member of the geophysical community, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, but also an esteemed geophysicist who dedicated much of his lifes work to the advancement of multicomponent and shear-wave research. We had been in touch recently to stay connected regarding shear-waves, and I am sorry that we will no longer have the opportunity to pursue this work together. I know he will be missed by many and I send my sincere condolences to family, friends, and...

I worked with Bob both as his first PhD student, and years later when he hired me to work at Texaco Research. Truly, I don't know where my career would be without his guidance. Bob had an encyclopedic knowledge of shear-wave seismics, but also a fantastic sense of humor. One requirement for working with Bob was to appreciate his jokes. He was especially fond of "shaggy dog" jokes that would end with a horrible pun. And he always shared his life wisdom freely. I will never forget his...

Professor Tatham was a great teacher and a very good geophysicist. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family.

Such sad news - Bob was a great source of inspiration when we worked together in the Geosource R&D team in the early 80s. He was always willing to share his considerable expertise and experience and his dry sense of humour was much appreciated. He will be sorely missed.

Our sincere sympathies to Bob's family on his passing. We hold dear many warm thoughts and fine memories of him. Bob spent a semester in Calgary enlightening us at the University with his insights into exploration and seismology. He was a fine scholar and generous colleague. He helped shape our profession and bring us into an elastic and more realistic geophysical world. Bob's conversations and presentations were always exhilarating with his rapid-fire understandings and happy enthusiasm. We...

Bob was a valued colleague, collaborator, and companion on numerous geophysical projects we worked over a five year period at Geosource, Inc. Our business travels in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia, were highlighted by a the experience of a three day train trip from Beijing to Guangzhou, followed by a hydrofoil transit to Hong Kong in the early 1980s. Bobs professorship and research role at UT in Austin had been a lifetime goal for him since we first met. He performed this...

Bob was a good friend who supported my research way back in the 80s when he was at Texaco, and he ran an excellent program at UT as his second career. He will be missed by his many friends, colleagues, and students. My condolences to his family.