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William Ludwig Horner

consulting engineer , oil and gas producer.

William Ludwig Horner, American consulting engineer, oil and gas producer. Recipient Distinguished Engineering Alumnus award University Pittsburgh, 1974. Registered profile engineer, Texas, Alabama.


Horner, William Ludwig was born on May 29, 1908 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Ludwig and Irene (Lander) Horner.


Bachelor of Science, University Pittsburgh, 1928, Petroleum Engineer, 1934, Geological Engineer, 1951.


Standard Oil Corporation of New Jersey, 1928-1929. Petroleum production, reservoir and water flood research Humble Oil Corporation, Forest Oil Corporation, 1929-1936. Developed core analysis, co-founder, director Core laboratories, Inc., 1936-1942.

With Barnsdall, Sunray Oil Corps. (now Sun Oil Corporation), 1943-1954, chief engineer, vice president, 1952-1954. With Core laboratories Inc., 1954-1960, vice president engineering and consultant department.

Coordinator, manager Citronelle, Alabama Oil Field Unit, 1960-1964. Oil producer, partner Horner & Smith, Inc., since 1964. Past chairman of numerous oil operators and engineering coms., 1943-1954.

Member secondary recovery advisory and engineering coms. Interstate Oil Compact Commission.


  • Contributor articles in field. Patentee in field.


Member secondary recovery advisory and engineering coms. Interstate Oil Compact Commission. Member Indiana Petroleum Association American (director 1961-1964), American Institute Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (Anthony F. Lucas gold medal 1974), American Association Petroleum Geologists, Sigma Tau, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Sigma Chi.

Club: Pine Forest Country (Houston).


Married Elizabeth Berghane, June 24, 1929. Children: William B., David L., Richard A. Student engineer.

Ludwig Horner

Irene (Lander) Horner

Elizabeth Berghane

William B. Horner

David L. Horner

Richard A. Student engr Horner