Leland Timothy Long grew up in Auburn, playing baseball in the field of the old Presbyterian Seminary on Nelson Street. A 1958 graduate of East High School, Tim Long went on to study Geology at the University of Rochester. This degree was followed by studies in Geophysics at New Mexico Tech (M.S.) and Oregon State University (Ph.D.).
In 1967 Tim Long joined the faculty of Georgia Tech and retired as Full Professor in 2005. Along the way he published numerous studies of earthquakes, data inversion, gravity data acquisition and analysis, and tectonics. He guided over 50 students through MS or PhD degrees. As a consultant he has provided analyses related to earthquake and vibration hazards.
Following retirement near Jasper, in northern Georgia, Tim Long has continued publishing articles on earthquakes and has branched into varied hobbies, including photography, woodworking and serving on community committees.
The book on the life of his father, Professor Walter K. Long, is his first non-technical manuscript.