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Oral history interview with William Ryan, 1997

Creator: Ryan, William B. F.
Project: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory oral history collection.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript: 59 pages Sound recording: 2 sound cassettes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note


Scope and Contents

Childhood: born Troy, New York, son of textile worker; Williams College: B.S., physics, 1957-1961; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute: development of instrumentation, summer voyages at sea; Columbia University [CU]: Ph.D., oceanography, 1962-1971; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory [LDEO]: development of continental drift, sea-floor spreading theories, magnetic research in Mediterranean Sea, Morocco, Cambodia; controversy over presentation of scientific material: LDEO and Russian scientist conferences, CU administration; creation of ocean floor map; environmental issues at LDEO: involvement with Nixon administration, conflicts with Greenpeace; restructuring of LDEO administration; changes in LDEO policies: training of graduate students, shift in responsibility for data collection, use of instrumentation; production of oceanography documentary films; reminiscences of colleagues.


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