Illinois, Ted Link earned an undergraduate degree in geology. In 1918, he joined the Imperial Oil
subsidiary Northwest Company Ltd. Ted Link earned his Masters degree in 1919. As
an Imperial Oil geologist, Ted Link discovered oil at Norman
Territories in 1920. When the Norman Wells discovery was drilled, it was the
world's most northerly oil reservoir. It remains one of Canada's largest onshore
fields. He received his Doctorate in structural geology form the University of
Chicago in 1929.
Ted Link became
chief geologist at Imperial Oil. His research led Imperial Oil explorers to assess
an area Link saw as encouraging. Imperial Oil's assessment led to its decision to drill in
central Alberta, south of Leduc. In this manner, Link played a major role in the
Leduc oil discovery in 1947.
Ted (Doc) Link
pioneered the commercial use of aircraft in the Northwest Territories and the
use of aerial photography on geological surveying, and used cross-section models
in geological work. His accolades include the Barlow Memorial Medal 1950;
Selweyn G. Baylock Medal, 1960; the John Campbell Sproule Plaque (first
Link was also a
charter member of the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists, the predecessor
of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. He was honoured with three
awards from the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and in 1977
received an honourary doctorate from the University of Calgary. Ted Link died on
June 25, 1980.