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Peter Szatmari

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Peter Szatmari is a geologist born in Budapest, Hungary, where he graduated in geology at the Eötvös Loránd University. He obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh on salt (evaporites) and performed post-doctoral research at Princeton University. He also worked at the Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory, during the early days of plate tectonics theory. Since 1973 Szatmari has worked in Brazil, initially as a consultant to Petrobras. He has taught courses and led work teams that have made important discoveries of deposits of potassium salts and oil in the Sergipe-Alagoas and Amazonas basins. Since 1980, he has been a member of the research staff of the Research Center of Petrobras, CENPES, in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to coordinating various study groups, he has taught courses in structural geology, tectonics, and tectonic geology of salt (evaporites). Szatmari has published over 200 works, including articles in scientific journals, monographs and technical reports, and jointly edited the book Salt - Geology and Tectonics. One of Szatmari's most important contributions is on the formation of oil via catalytic reactions of the Fischer-Tropsch type, as serpentization of  ( Wikipedia article )

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Place of birth
Budapest

Education

Institution From To
University of Edinburgh

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