Imperial College London

Emeritus ProfessorRichardSelley

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Senior Research Fellow



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Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Dick Selley has spent most of his career at Imperial College, apart from several years working for oil companies in Libya, Greenland and the North Sea. He was a member of Conoco's exploration team that found the Lyell, Murchison and Hutton fields.

He has published too many papers on sedimentology and its application to petroleum exploration and production. His 5 textbooks run to several editions, and have been translated into many languages, some with the author's permission.

Dick Selley has provided consultancy and CPD services in Australia, Bahrain, Belize, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Holland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Libya, New Zealand, Norway, the North Sea, Sao Tomé and Principé, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the U.A.E., Uganda, the U.S.A., Vietnam and the former Yugoslavia.

He has been awarded the Murchison Fund (1975), the Petroleum Group Silver Medal (2003) and the Coke Medal (2010) of the Geological Society of London, has been a Distinguished Lecturer of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia, has received a Certificate of Merit from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum.

He holds an Hon DSc from Kingston University, and is an Honorary Member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of GB and of the Wine Guild of the UK.

Dick is active in professional affairs, having served on the councils of the Petroleum Exploration Society of GB, the Geologists' Association, the European Federation of Geologists, and the Geological Society of London (a past Vice President and Foreign Secretary and chairman of the Fellowship & Validation Committee).



Selley RC, Van der Spuy D, 2016, The Oil and Gas Basins of Africa, Episodes, Vol:39, ISSN:0705-3797, Pages:429-429

Selley RC, 2012, UK shale gas: The story so far, Marine and Petroleum Geology, Vol:31, ISSN:0264-8172, Pages:100-109


Selley RC, Sonnenberg SA, 2014, Elements of Petroleum Geology, Academic Press, ISBN:9780123860323


Selley RC, United Kingdom Shale Gas (& Oil) Exploration - From 1875 to Now. AAPG ICE Conference Extended Abstract. AAPG Data Pages No. 2716963 5p., AAPG SEG European Conference

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