1999 Industry Pioneers

William SilcoxWilliam H. (Bill) Silcox

Bill Silcox joined Standard Oil Company of California in 1942. Starting in 1957, he pioneered the development of a wide range of subsea and shipboard drilling and production systems that extended the industry's capabilities offshore. Silcox and his team set many records in designing and installing subsea completions, diverless drilling systems and ROV-supported completion systems for deep waters. In the 1970s, he initiated development studies on compliant platforms that resulted in the tension-leg platform concept.