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Howard Johnson

Shell Professor of Petroleum Geology, Head of the Petroleum Geoscience & Engineering Section and Director of M.Sc. Petroleum Geoscience, Imperial College London.

Howard Johnson is Professor of Reservoir Geology with around 40 years of professional experience, divided mainly between Imperial College London (27 years; 1993-present) and Shell (15 years; 1977-92 years). At Imperial College he was the Shell Professor of Petroleum Geology from 1993 to 2016 and Director of the MSc Petroleum Geoscience course (2003-14). His research interests are in clastic sedimentology, particularly shallow marine depositional systems, reservoir characterization and production geology. He has extensive experience in the petroleum industry, including research, exploration and production geology, sedimentology and petroleum engineering. He remains a senior technical geoscience advisor to PETRONAS (2000-present).

Professor Johnson has published around 80 technical papers. He was awarded the 2012 AAPG Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award and the 2012 Rector’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Imperial College London.


BSc in Geology from the University of Liverpool
D.Phil in Sedimentology from the University of Oxford