Biographical trivia

Born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico on April 5, 1948

Married for more than forty years (1971) with Maria-Eugenia, we have two children: Jorge born in 1975, and Bernice b. 1989.

His hobby is his "silver" motorcycle.

Here you see him trying to look smart!


His son Jorge finished Fine Arts at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, and his daughter Bernice after finishing at Lincoln High School 08 with an IB diploma moved to Seattle University in pursue of a Physics degree, graduating class of 2012 and moving to Boeing where she has been for a bit more than three years now.

The Professor was really smart!

(see how the centripetal acceleration is making him turn!) I think he said: "if you stop moving you lose your equilibrium"

After finishing with the credits for a B.Sc. in 1972, in 1974 Dr. Terrell presented his dissertation for obtaining the degree (licensure) of Physicist at the University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico. This picture (click here) shows the happy moments after he had finished presenting his thesis, and had been accepted. In the picture is -from left to right- Dr. Salvador Guel, Dr. Sri K. Sing, Prof. Servando de la Cruz, myself, Dr. Augusto Gomez, and Dr. Miguel Lavin.

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While in Mexico he participated actively within professional organizations, such as the Mexican Geophysical Union of which became president, and founder with others of the Mexican National Geochemical Institute of which is a life-member. He has been a member of the American Geophysical Union since 1984. He is also member of the American Physical Society, the Pacific Northwest Association of College Physics, and the Portland Seccion of the American Chemical Society.

At the Mexican Petroleum Institue Dr. Terrell was responsible for the K-Ar dating laboratory.

Dr. Terrell has participated in many international scientific meetings. This is a picture (click here) in Australia where he is with Drs. J-G Schilling (USA), Minoru Ozima (JAP) and Mamyrin Tolstikhin (RUS).

His research included noble gas geochemistry, radiometric geochronological dating in the oil and natural resources exploration using the K-Ar method. To see a photograph of the K-Ar dating laboratory at the Instituto Mexicano del petroleo click here.

More recently he has participated in several academic forums like the one at Concordia University where developments in technology applied to teaching were discussed. He writes a couple of blogs; one about "excellence in teaching": ; environmental issues:; seeking reality; and "time":