Sometimes those who inspire us leave us too soon, departing before they had a chance to accomplish all the things they looked forward to doing. This was the case for Dr. Michael L. Batzle, better known as Mike or Batz, who left us all too soon on 9 January 2015. Mike's most cited contributions to geophysics were in rock physics (which he termed “squeezing rocks”) and acoustic-fluids research, for which he and Zee Wang received the SEG Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal for their work on seismic properties of pore fluids. In 1994, Mike moved from ARCO to academia, establishing the Center for Rock Abuse at Colorado School of Mines and codirecting the Fluids and DHI Consortium with De-Hua Han.

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