Jack H. Abernathy

Jack H. Abernathy
Birthdate
1911
Birthplace
Shawnee, OK, USA
Associated organizations
Big Chief Drilling Company
Fields of study
Petroleum

Biography

Born in 1911 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Jack H. Abernathy was a pioneer of drilling technology. He was Chairman of the Board and vice president at Big Chief Drilling Company, a leading contract drilling firm operating throughout the US and Latin America. Abernathy oversaw the discovery-well drilling of several major oil and gas fields in Oklahoma, including drilling the discovery wells for the Golden Trend, the Sooner Trend, and the Carter-Knox deep pool, as well as the Norge Field in Norway. Big Chief set numerous drilling-depth records during his time with the company and was the first to use several drilling technologies, including oil-based drilling fluid, packed-hole drillstring assembly, and controlled natural drift. Abernathy was a chairman of the National Petroleum Council and a director and chairman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.