Historical Dictionary of the Petroleum Industry by Marius S. VassiliouHistorical Dictionary of the Petroleum Industry by Marius S. Vassiliou

Historical Dictionary of the Petroleum Industry

byMarius S. Vassiliou

Hardcover | March 2, 2009

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The world as we have known it for the past century would have been very different without petroleum. Petroleum, particularly in the form of crude oil and its refined products, has been central to all aspects of modern industrial society and has been a major strategic geopolitical objective for nations. The 20th century was the age of oil, and at least part of the 21st century will be as well. Petroleum is used as an energy source and as a raw material for the production of an immense variety of chemicals and synthetic materials. Almost all the world's food relies on petroleum for fertilizer, pesticides, cultivation, or transport. Petroleum has been particularly dominant as a source of transportation fuels, an application for which cost-effective substitutes will be especially difficult to find. The Historical Dictionary of the Petroleum Industry presents a concise but complete one-volume reference on the history of the petroleum industry from pre-modern times to the present day. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, and over 400 cross-referenced dictionary entries on companies, people, places, events, technologies, and phenomena related to the history of the world's petroleum industry. Anyone interested in the history, status, and outlook for the petroleum industry will find this book a uniquely valuable source.
M.S. Vassiliou is an analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses with over 25 years of experience in R&D and technology management.
Title:Historical Dictionary of the Petroleum IndustryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:712 pages, 8.9 × 6.05 × 1.87 inPublished:March 2, 2009Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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Historical Dictionary of the Petroleum Industry is, as far as I know, the first book of its kind.Marius S. Vassiliou is well positioned to have undertaken the compilation of this volume. He graduated from Harvard and then went on to earn a Ph.D, in geophysics from Caltech, an M.B.A. from the University of California in Los Angeles, and an M.S. in computer science from the University of Southern California. Historical Dictionary of the Petroleum Industry is a useful reference tool for libraries and oil companies as well as for people working in the oil industry or in universities. The volume presents a systematic compilation of important events, places, people and institutions. Except for the seven mentioned above, that have shaped the modern petroleum industry worldwide.