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Oral history interview with Robert D. Gerard, 1997

Creator: Gerard, Robert D.
Project: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory oral history collection.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 120 pages Sound recording: 6 sound cassettes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Earth scientist.

Scope and Contents

Childhood: Long Island, New York; early scientific interests; undergraduate studies, hotel and restaurant management, Cornell University, 1946-1947; geology course work, Columbia University, 1947; U.S. Geological Survey Alaskan field work; B.S. geology, University of New Mexico, 1952; marriage 1952; M.S. geology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada: British and American university system comparison; Arctic Institute of North America, thesis work: late glacial land and post-glacial climate, central Alaska, frozen soil pollen profiles; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO): doctoral study, North Atlantic graded bedding turbidity current cores, 1955; Atomic Energy Commission appointment, late 1950’s, deep circulation research, radiocarbon dating ocean waters; sampling instrument development; maritime department director, research vessel cruises, 1950’s-1980’s; International Geophysical Year and funding, 1957-1958; LDEO public relations; colleague reminiscences.


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

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