James E. Brooks

INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF EARTH AND MAN. The Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, located on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, supports university research in anthropology, geology, and related fields. It was organized in 1966 by geologist William B. Heroy, Sr., and received a charter from the state the same year. Through Heroy's personal efforts and assistance from the National Science Foundation the institute's N. L. Heroy Science Hall was completed in 1968; ISEM then donated the building to SMU. The institute is a private organization administered by its own board of trustees and officers and supported by endowment funds, gifts, and corporate sponsors. In the 1990s the physical plant covered 86,000 square feet and housed fifty-six professors, lecturers, and researchers, with a supporting staff of forty-four. The ISEM Library held 10,000 volumes, concentrating mainly on anthropology and geology. ISEM cooperates with many institutions to sponsor research and industrial conferences, symposia, and briefings, which are attended by academic, industrial, and government leaders. It places particular emphasis on programs related to global energy concerns.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, James E. Brooks, "INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF EARTH AND MAN," accessed July 18, 2019,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Get this week's most popular Handbook of Texas articles delivered straight to your inbox