Lou Pakiser is in a very real sense the father of the earthquake program within the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and one of the founding fathers of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. He was a visionary leader with keen insight into timely issues in geophysics and an aggressive advocate of scientific excellence within the USGS.

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A native of Denver, Colorado, Lou Pakiser graduated from Manuel High School in Denver and, in 1942, completed a degree in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Following graduation, he worked as a geophysicist with Carter Oil Company from 1942 to 1949...

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