Donald C. Barton was given SEG membership number 1 and that distinction, although the result of alphabetical accident, was appropriate for at least two historic professional ac-complishments. Barton was the first explorationist to discover commercial amounts of petroleum via a geophysical technique and was the prime mover in creating, only a few years after geophysical exploration had begun, a professional society dedicated to the emerging discipline.

Geophysics did not exist as a profession when Barton was born in 1889 in Stow, Massachusetts, USA. He entered Harvard in 1907 and earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate from that university by 1914....

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