William Fisher

Professor and Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
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William Fisher is a geologist who has contributed broadly to the field, offering an immense effect through higher education, research and public service. During his tenure at the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology and the Jackson School of Geosciences, Fisher served as dean, director, chair and professor. Fisher’s research on oil and gas exploration introduced a concept called depositional systems, which has become the main benchmark for stratigraphy and sedimentology. In his advisory roles, Fisher has contributed to policy considerations of U.S. energy resource development, assessment and environmental effects. He was appointed in 1976 by President Gerald Ford as assistant secretary of energy and minerals in the Department of Interior, served on the White House Science Council under President Ronald Reagan and served on advisory committees and provided testimony to Congress. Fisher received his KU master’s degree and doctorate in geology in 1958 and 1961.


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