Active in the field of petroleum geochemistry since 1966. Research positions in industry and academia were succeded in 1992 by the
establishment of a consultancy, Petroleum/Geochemical Data, and in 1994, of
Education: B.Sc. with Honours in Geology, University of Manchester;
Ph.D. in Geochemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Career: firstly in geology with Iraq Petroleum Company
and BP Alaska, subsequently in petroleum geochemical research with Sinclair Research,
ARCO, BP Research, and BP Exploration, also as Research Associate, Texas A&M University.
Work has focused on the behavior of light hydrocarbons in sediments,
source rocks, and reservoired liquids. In 1987 first described "evaporative fractionation",
the process by which migrating gas abstracts liquid from accumulated oil, generating
non-thermal gas-condensates (K.F.Thompson, 1987, "Fractionated Aromatic Petroleums and the
Generation of Gas-Condensates").
The study employed a suite of light hydrocarbon ratios capable of distinguishing
progressive stages of maturation in petroleum, and of indicating the occurence of
evaporative fractionation. These parameters, commonly termed "Thompson's Ratios",
were also employed in defining the characteristics of gasoline
fractions developed in maturing sediments (1979), and in a suite of representative oils
(1983). From the late 90's to the present, studies have focused on reservoir fluid data
represented in PVT analyses.
Senior Fellow of the Geological Society of London, member of Society of Petroleum
Engineers. Biographee, "Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology" (1985), and
"Who's Who in America" (2008-2016). Awardee, Energy-Related Inventions Program, U.S. Dept.
of Energy (1994).
Granted U.S. Patent No. 5439800, "A System for Offshore Petroleum Exploration" (1995).
Nominated for ENI Award, (petroleum-related research) 2012. Author of twenty three journal
papers and abstracts, 1976 - 2016.
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