John Franklin Carll Award

The John Franklin Carll Award recognizes distinguished contribution in the application of engineering principles to petroleum development and recovery. Recipients of this award automatically become Distinguished Members.

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Nominee Eligibility

Anyone displaying significant achievement in the advancement of the petroleum engineering profession. The award may be presented to a group for outstanding achievement.

A nominee is not eligible:

  • If they are on the current SPE Board of Directors, John Franklin Carll Award committee or those who have served in these positions during the past 2 years.
  • If they have received the Anthony F. Lucas or the Lester C. Uren Award in the last 5 years.
  • Based solely on technical achievements that resulted in an SPE technical award.

To Nominate

  1. Fill out nomination form.
  2. Complete all required information on nomination form; incomplete nominations will not be accepted.
  3. Include a complete statement of the reasons for proposing the candidate, with a record of the candidate's professional and industrial achievements in detail.
  4. Collaborate with colleagues to send letters supporting this nomination.

All information about the candidate and their qualifications for the award must be included on the online nomination form. Candidates will be sent an email requesting a CV/resume when you submit the nomination. Nominations and letters of recommendation are confidential. Candidates remain on the active consideration list for 3 years. If a candidate is not selected during the 3-year active consideration cycle, you can nominate them again if all other eligibility requirements are met.


About John Franklin Carll

John Franklin Carll was a geologist born in1828 who developed many of the subsurface geological methods still in use today. More than a century ago, he expressed the principles of petroleum engineering and geology that established much of the framework for the development of petroleum engineering technology. As an assistant on the Second Geological Survey of Pennsylvania, Carll compiled seven reports on oil and gas surveys that are models of conscientious investigation and scientific description. Included in the reports were discussions of oil well rigs and tools as well as a statement of necessity for drillers to keep their own records. In 1875, Carll published strip logs from nine Pennsylvania wells, and he used them for correlation purposes in much the same manner as they are employed today. His work also confirmed the theory that oil sands lie in lens-shaped masses, not in continuous belts, and that oil does not occur in underground pools or lakes, but in pores of sandstone. Carll’s invention of the static pressure sand pump, a removable pump chamber, and an adjustable sleeve for piston rods were of significance to the petroleum industry. Present day geologists often refer to Carll’s reports for data on the early oil industry.

The John Franklin Carll Award, established in 1956, recognizes contributions of technical application and professionalism in petroleum development and recovery. The Carll Award may be given to a nonmember of the Society.