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Oral history interview with Gordon R. Hamilton [electronic resource], 1996

Creator: Hamilton, Gordon R.
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: New York City, family members’ scientific training; Princeton: B.S. physics 1940-1943, geology course work; WW II: Naval radar specialist 1943-1945, radar school Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pacific theater; graduate studies geophysics, Columbia University, switch from physics to geophysics, curriculum; first cruise aboard research vessel Atlantis; Navy sonar programs; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory [LDEO], Columbia University Geophysical Field Station [CUGFS] Bermuda, late 1940s to early 1970s, instrument construction, whale sound recordings, underwater acoustics research community, undersea seismographs, verification of Polar missile performance, Precision Depth Recorder development; Palisades Geophysical Institute formation, late 1960s; Ocean Science Department head, Office of Naval Research [ONR],1972; ONR and CUGFS, 1980s; LDEO as research institution; reminiscences of colleagues. Addendum: Columbia University Geophysical Field Station activities, 1949-1969; Palisades Geophysical Institute, 1972. Interview is accompanied by addendum authored by narrator. Addendum further explicates various topics covered by initial interview.


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

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