Academic Appointments


  • Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Geological Sciences

Administrative Appointments


  • Professor Emeritus, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, Recalled to Active Duty (1993 - Present)
  • Associate Chairman, Applied Earth Sciences, Stanford University (1990 - 1993)
  • Associate Chairman, Applied Earth Sciences, Stanford University (1979 - 1982)
  • Professor of Applied Earth Sciences, Stanford University (1972 - 1993)

Honors & Awards


  • William T PECORA Award, Awarded jointly by NASA & US Dept. of Interior. (2001)
  • Major Financial Award for Laboratory of Merit, Keck Foundation (1983-1986)
  • Fulbright Grant to Australia, CSIRO (1979-1980)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Invited Keynote Speaker, 23rd Annual Conference of Remote Sensing Society, Reading (UK) Sept. 2-4, 1997 (1997 - 1997)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Thematic Conferences on Application of Remote Sensing to Mineral Exploration (1981 - 2003)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of California, Mining and Structural Geology (1954)
  • B.S., (honours 1st Class) University of West Australia, Petrology/Mining Geology (1949)
  • B.S., University of West Australia, Geology (1948)

Journal Articles


  • ESTIMATION OF THE VEGETATION CONTRIBUTION TO THE 1.65/2.22-MU-M RATIO IN AIRBORNE THEMATIC-MAPPER IMAGERY OF THE VIRGINIA RANGE, NEVADA INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING Elvidge, C. D., Lyon, R. J. 1985; 6 (1): 75-88
  • INFLUENCE OF ROCK SOIL SPECTRAL VARIATION ON THE ASSESSMENT OF GREEN BIOMASS REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT Elvidge, C. D., Lyon, R. J. 1985; 17 (3): 265-279
  • PRINCIPAL COMPONENTS-ANALYSIS OF MULTITEMPORAL IMAGE PAIRS INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING Ingebritsen, S. E., Lyon, R. J. 1985; 6 (5): 687-696
  • THE EFFECTS OF ADDITIVE RADIANCE TERMS ON RATIOS OF LANDSAT DATA PHOTOGRAMMETRIC ENGINEERING AND REMOTE SENSING KOWALIK, W. S., Lyon, R. J., Switzer, P. 1983; 49 (5): 659-669
  • A PRIOR PROBABILITY METHOD FOR SMOOTHING DISCRIMINANT-ANALYSIS CLASSIFICATION MAPS JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MATHEMATICAL GEOLOGY Switzer, P., KOWALIK, W. S., Lyon, R. J. 1982; 14 (5): 433-444
  • A RELATION BETWEEN LANDSAT DIGITAL NUMBERS, SURFACE REFLECTANCE, AND THE COSINE OF THE SOLAR ZENITH ANGLE REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT KOWALIK, W. S., Marsh, S. E., Lyon, R. J. 1982; 12 (1): 39-55
  • ESTIMATION OF ATMOSPHERIC PATH-RADIANCE BY THE COVARIANCE-MATRIX METHOD PHOTOGRAMMETRIC ENGINEERING AND REMOTE SENSING Switzer, P., KOWALIK, W. S., Lyon, R. J. 1981; 47 (10): 1469-1476
  • QUANTITATIVE RELATIONSHIPS OF NEAR-SURFACE SPECTRA TO LANDSAT RADIOMETRIC DATA REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT Marsh, S. E., Lyon, R. J. 1980; 10 (4): 241-261
  • SIMULTANEOUS USE OF GEOLOGICAL, GEOPHYSICAL, AND LANDSAT DIGITAL DATA IN URANIUM EXPLORATION REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT MISSALLATI, A., PRELAT, A. E., Lyon, R. J. 1979; 8 (3): 189-210
  • DETECTION OF NATURALLY HEAVY-METAL-POISONED AREAS BY LANDSAT-1 DIGITAL DATA JOURNAL OF GEOCHEMICAL EXPLORATION Bolviken, B., HONEY, F., Levine, S. R., Lyon, R. J., PRELAT, A. 1977; 8 (1-2): 457-471
  • DISPLAY OF LANDSAT DATA AT LARGE SCALES BY MATRIX PRINTER PHOTOGRAMMETRIC ENGINEERING AND REMOTE SENSING BALLEW, G. I., Lyon, R. J. 1977; 43 (9): 1147-1150