David Cook

David
Childhood ambition:
To be a geologist
My Career
Education:
Hons BSc Geology, St Andrews, 1972; PhD Geology, St Andrews, 1976
Companies and Institutions I've worked for:
Rio Tinto Zinc: UK
Esso Exploration and Production UK: London, UK
Exxon Company USA: Kingsville, Texas
Exxon Exploration Company: Florham Park, New Jersey; Jakarta, Indonesia
Exxon Company International: London, UK
Basins I have worked:
North Sea, UK Atlantic Margin, Celtic Sea, Onshore UK, Gulf Coast, Paris and Aquitaine, Gippsland, Australia NW Shelf, Irian Jaya Fold Belt and Foreland, West Java, NE Java, Berau, North Yemen, Malay, Upper Magdelana, European Permian
Years of Experience in the Petroleum Industry:
35
My Pathway
First Well/Research Program:
UK206/12-2; non-commercial oil discovery in Devonian – Carboniferous clastics and fractured Pre-Cambrian Lewisian gneiss in the West Shetland Basin, UK.
My Geo-Specialties:
Regional Geology
My fondest career memory:
Being International Exploration Advisor
My lifetime career goal:
To see as much geology as possible
My Inspiration
My inspiration and motivation comes from:
Geology
My most memorable mentors:
Prof Ken Walton, Chair of Geology Dept, University of St Andrews; Sandy Davidson, my first Esso mentor
My Impact
AAPG member since:
1977
AAPG committees:
European Regional Council, HoD Rules and Procedures, Global Reorganization ad hoc Committees, PROWESS, Public Outreach, International Regions, IBA, HoD
Society Affiliations:
The Geological Society (of London), Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, Edinburgh Geological Society.
My Best Advice:
Enjoy your work and have fun!

Bachelor’s and Doctorate from St. Andrews
Currently retired and self-employed

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