Theodore “Ted” W. Nelson

PE Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Theodore “Ted” W. Nelson was a distinguished leader in the oil and gas industry known for being part of  teams that discovered one of the world’s largest gas fields and another that developed the Houdry and TCC catalytic cracking process. He graduated from Mines in 1934 with a professional degree in petroleum engineering, then enjoyed a long career at Mobil Oil Corporation, where he was Executive Vice President of worldwide exploration and production, retiring in 1977. Upon his retirement Mobil named a geophysical ship after him. Nelson received a Mines Medal in 1964 and also served on Mines’ Board of Trustees. He was awarded the AIME Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal in 1976. He died in 2011.