The collection consists of materials created or collected by Abraham J. Teplitz between 1926 and 1966, before and during his career with Gulf Oil Research and Development Company. The earliest item is a notebook recording data from oil wells drilled between Nov. 8, 1926, and May 12, 1927. A second notebook records ideas and drawings, 1937 to 1958. There are 16 technical reports of which Teplitz was either author or joint author. The materials also include several manuals and report-type publications relevant to Teplitz’s work as a specialist in the technology of oil well drilling. There are two folders, one of photographs related to oil well drilling and the other of memorabilia from Teplitz’s career, such as Gulf Oil Corporation certificates of service, newspaper articles and photographs related to retirement, and letters of appreciation from professional colleagues.
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Biographical / Historical
The Gulf Oil Research and Development Company Records represent the entire thirty-six-year-long career of Abraham J. Teplitz as a research scientist-engineer with Gulf. Teplitz, a native of Boston born in 1901, attended the University of Kansas, where he received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1926. In April 1927, with Cecil T. Langford, he filed application for a patent received in 1931. Its title is a Method for Separating Bitumin from Bituminous Sands and Similar Bituminous Materials. Teplitz was chosen to be a Mellon Institute Research Fellow, and in 1929 he was hired by Gulf Oil Research and Development Company in Pittsburgh. From 1931 to 1935 he did pre-doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Among his accomplishments at Gulf was development of a new method of oil well cementing. In November 1955 he applied for a patent on a process titled Squeeze Cementing and received the patent in 1957. Having become involved in deep water drilling, he was sent in 1958 as a technical advisor to the Mene Grande Oil Company, one of the Gulf Oil companies in Venezuela. In 1961 Teplitz was promoted to be Director of the Production Engineering Division, and he retired in 1966 as Director of the Production Division.
The collection consists of material representing the work of Abraham J.
Teplitz, research scientist-engineer at Gulf Oil Research and
Development Company, from 1926 through 1966. It includes
technical reports either authored or jointly authored by Teplitz,
a specialist in the technology of oil well drilling. Also included
are two notebooks related to patents and a folder of memorabilia and
one of photographs.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was a gift donated by Paul V. Teplitz August 19, 2011.
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University 6100 Main St.
Gulf Oil Research and Development Company Records, 1926-1966, MS 582, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. https://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/507 Accessed February 26, 2024.