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Oral history interview with Neil D. Opdyke, 1997

Creator: Opdyke, Neil D.
Project: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory oral history collection.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 225 pages Sound recording: 5 sound cassettes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note


Scope and Contents

Childhood: born Frenchtown, New Jersey, working class background; Columbia University: B. S., geology, 1951-1955; Cambridge University: Ph.D., geology, 1955-1958; geological field, lab work in Grand Canyon, Newcastle, England; development of magnetics instrumentation; Fulbright grant, Australia, 1959-1960; Rice University: post-graduate research; association with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory [LDEO]: voyages at sea aboard Vema as chief scientist, controversy over sea floor spreading, plate tectonics theories, authorship of research papers; changes in LDEO administration: role as director, 1981; development of climate mapping, post-doctoral programs; move to University of Florida; reminiscences of colleagues.


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

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