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Oral history interview with Wallace S. Broecker [electronic resource], 1997

Creator: Broecker, Wallace S., 1931-
Project: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory oral history collection.
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Phys. Desc. :sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note


Scope and Contents

Childhood: Oak Park, IL; family; struggle with dyslexia; religious activities; Wheaton College, 1949-52; Columbia University [CU] 1952; J. Laurence Kulp; issues of scientific integrity; comparison of Wheaton College and CU; CU geology department courses and professors; early publications; geophysics and geochemistry at Lamont Geological Observatory (LGO); tensions between Bruce Heezen and Maurice W. Ewing, Ewing’s intellectual and political domination of LGO; impressions of Jaques Barzun; attitudes of CU towards science and Lamont-Doherty earth Observatory (LDEO); CU faculty senate member; sterling Forest initiative; Ewing’s departure from Lamont; National Science Foundation (NSF) oceanographic research funding, 1960s-70s; Captain Henry Kohler; experiences onboard Vema; LDEO biology programs of mid-1950s; tree ring project ; abrupt climate change research; Milankovich cycles; CLIMAP and GEOSECS programs; NSF and Feenan Jennings’ fund administration.


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Copyright by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1998

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