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Shell appoints new chief scientist for geology Shell appoints new chief scientist for geology

By: OilOnline
Friday, April 11, 2008

Royal Dutch Shell has announced the appointment of Bruce Levell to the position of Chief Scientist Geology. The appointment reflects Shell’s continued commitment to technology innovation and deployment and the development of technical skills within the company.

Effective today, Bruce’s appointment brings the total number of Chief Scientists in Shell to eight.

“As the world demand for energy increases, so does the focus on exploration and new development opportunities. The appointment of a Chief Scientist in Geology reflects our intention to continue our record of successful exploration discoveries and their effective development,” Shell’s Chief Technology Officer, Jan van der Eijk, said of the appointment.

“With his 29 years of experience, Bruce will play a pivotal role in helping Shell find and develop new hydrocarbons in some of the deepest and most challenging reservoirs of the world,” added Matthias Bichsel, Executive Vice President Technical for Shell Exploration and Production

Bruce holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Oxford University, and is actively involved in professional societies, such as the Geological Society and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He regularly speaks at industry conferences and serves on the editorial board of  Petroleum Geoscience.

Shell’s Chief Scientists are a group of leading world experts working in a wide range of technological disciplines that cover the breadth of Shell’s businesses. They are recognised specialists with demonstrated track-records of delivering practical and innovative technological solutions that have quantifiably enhanced Shell’s business performance.

Bruce joins a distinguished group that comprises:

– Jose Bravo – Shell Chief Scientist Separations;

– Sergio Kapusta – Shell Chief Scientist Materials;

– Carl Mesters – Shell Chief Scientist Chemistry and Catalysis;

– Joe Powell – Shell Chief Scientist Chemical Engineering;

– Harold Vinegar – Shell Chief Scientist Physics;

– Charlie Williams – Shell Chief Scientist Well Engineering and Production Technology;

– Willem Schulte – Shell Chief Scientist Reservoir Engineering

More information on Shell’s Chief Scientists can be found at: and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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