Olive Scott Petty

Olive Scott Petty
Associated organizations
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Fields of study


Olive Scott Petty was a pioneer in exploration geophysics. In 1925, he and his brother formed Petty Geophysical Engineering Company. Soon they developed the first displacement-sensitive seismograph and the first seismic system for mapping anticlines and deep-seated salt domes. They went on to develop several landmark patents in exploration geophysics, including many advancements still used today. The company was purchased by Geosource in 1973 and merged with another division to form Petty-Ray Geophysical. Petty, who died in 1994 at the age of 98, helped to found the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.