Prof. Raymond Durrheim

Professor, School of Geosciences

University of the Witwatersrand


Raymond Durrheim (PhD, Witwatersrand, 1990) is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He held the South African Research Chair in Exploration, Earthquake and Mining Seismology from 2007-2021. He continues to co-direct the AfricaArray research and capacity-building program, lead the DSI-NRF-SAIMI Community of Practice in Knowledge & Skills Development for Oil & Gas Exploration & Production, and is principal investigator of the ICDP project Drilling into Seismogenic Zones of M2.0 – M5.5 Earthquakes in Deep South African Gold Mines (DSeis, 2016-present). Ray is the author or co-author of about 200 refereed articles published in journals, conference proceedings and books, and co-recipient of the Society of Exploration Geophysics Award for the Best Paper Published in Geophysics in 2012. Ray was chair of the first two SAGA Biennial Conferences (in 1989 and 1991) and SAGA president in 1995/96. He received SAGA’s Meritorious Service Award in 2010 and 2022, and the Krahmann Medal in 2015. In 2021, Ray received two NSTF-South32 “Science Oscars”: the Lifetime Award for his outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation in South Africa, and was a member of the Wits School of Geosciences team that won the Data for Research Award.