Richard M. Bateman was educated in the U.K., obtaining his M.A. in natural science-physics from Oxford University.
He began his career in the oil industry in South America as a field engineer for Schlumberger. He worked in many North and South American field locations and later spent three years at the Schlumberger Doll Research Center in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Bateman subsequently joined Amoco International Oil Company (now BP) and traveled extensively throughout the world from their Chicago headquarters, finding oil and gas and teaching others how to do so. He has also held posts as chief petrophysicist of Halliburton Logging Services, engineering manager for Bridas (now Pan American Energy) and regional manager for Gaffney Cline & Associates' Latin American operations, based in Buenos Aires.
More recently, Bateman has been an instructor in well log interpretation and petrophysics for PetroSkills/OGCI. He has authored four books and multiple patents and technical papers. He is a senior and life member of SPE and is also active with SPWLA and SCA. He is currently a member of the faculty of Texas Tech University as the formation evaluation instructor in the Petroleum Engineering Department.