R.C. “Chuck” Earlougher

PE Hall of Fame Class of 2022

R.C. “Chuck” Earlougher, an entrepreneur and engineer, is credited with keeping Long Beach, Calif. from sinking by designing a water injection system to compensate for oil extraction. He graduated from Mines with a professional degree in petroleum engineering in 1936. He was an expert in using fluid injection for enhanced recovery from hydrocarbon reservoirs and in 1980 received the AIME Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal to honor his work. Earlougher received a Distinguished Achievement Medal from Mines in 1960 and the Coolbaugh Memorial Award in 1997. He and his wife established a scholarship to support non-resident petroleum engineering students. He died in 2007.