Arthur Lubinski

Arthur Lubinski
Antwerp, Belgium
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Standard Oil and Gas
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Arthur Lubinski was a pioneer in the application of theoretical mechanics to a variety of petroleum activities. He was the founder of straight-hole drilling technology, and his "packed-hole concept" provided the foundation for many current controlled-drilling techniques. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Lubinski worked for the French government before coming to the United States in 1947. In 1950, he joined Standard Oil and Gas and focused his research on the use of applied mechanics in drilling and production and eventually shifted his interest to offshore projects.

Lubinski held several patents, was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1963-64, and received the 1976 Offshore TEchnology Conference (OTC) Distinguished Achievement Award and the 1988 SPE Drilling Engineering Award. He was an SPE Distinguished Member. Lubinski also was active in several other professional societies, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers established an award in his name for the best paper presented at OTC. Arthur Lubinski died in 1996 at the age of 86.