Dr James G. Speight has doctorate degrees in Chemistry, Geological Sciences, and Petroleum Engineering and is the author of more than 75 books in petroleum science, petroleum engineering, biomass and biofuels, and environmental sciences.
He has fifty years of experience in areas associated with (i) the properties, recovery, and refining of reservoir fluids, conventional petroleum, heavy oil, and tar sand bitumen; (ii) the properties and refining of natural gas and gaseous fuels; (iii) the production and properties of petrochemicals; and (iv) the properties and refining of biomass, biofuels, biogas, and the generation of bioenergy. His work has also focused on safety issues, environmental effects, remediation, and safety issues as well as reactors associated with the production and use of fuels and biofuels.
Although he has always worked in private industry which has focused on contract-based work, he has served as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Fuels Engineering at the University of Utah, USA, and in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Wyoming, USA. In addition, he was a Visiting Professor in the College of Science at the University of Mosul, Iraq, and has also been a Visiting Professor in Chemical Engineering at the following universities: University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, the Technical University of Denmark, and the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
James was elected to the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1996 and awarded the Gold Medal of Honor that same year for outstanding contributions to the field of petroleum sciences. He has also received the Scientists without Borders Medal of Honor of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2001, the Academy also awarded him with the Einstein Medal for outstanding contributions and service in the field of Geological Sciences.