Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
FRED M. BULLARD
Fred M. Bullard, professor emeritus of geology, died on July 29, 1994, in Austin. He was 93.< signed>
Professor Bullard was born on July 20, 1901, on Kikapoo Indian lands, Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Oklahoma in 1921 and 1922, respectively. Professor Bullard was a field geologist for the Oklahoma Geological Survey prior to joining the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1924. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1928.
Professor Bullard's teaching and research career at the University spanned 50 years. He served as chairman of the Department of Geological Sciences from 1929 to 1937. He also helped draw the plans for the first geology building and designed the fossil frieze for the building's exterior.
Dr. Bullard was world-renowned for his contributions to the study of volcanoes. Beginning in 1929, he carried out research on volcanic eruptions in various regions of the world, including South America, Japan, Greece, and New Zealand. His Volcanoes of the Earth is considered a standard on the subject. He was appointed a distinguished lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 1945 and 1954. Professor Bullard was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Italy in 1952-53 and he held a Fulbright Lectureship in Peru in 1959-60. He retired from the University in 1971. The Fred M. Bullard Professorship in Geological Sciences was established in his honor in 1976.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 21, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.\