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Collection Details


Collection Name: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Project
Repository Name: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office [Repository Details]
Repository Location: New York, New York, United States
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/oral/guides/lamont.html
Description: Fifty interviews documenting the history of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory from its founding in 1949 to its present status as one of the three leading oceanographic and geological research centers in the world. Interviews detail almost every aspect of the research agenda of LDEO from the collection of ocean bottom cores to the mapping of the ocean floor. There are detailed reminiscences of the debates over plate tectonics, the International Geophysical year, nuclear testing, relations between LDEO and Columbia University, and the career of Maurice Ewing, founder of the Observatory. Other interviews document the social life at Palisades, New York, the site of LDEO, the role and life of graduate study, mentorship in the geologic sciences, and ocean trips on various Lamont ships, including the Vema. This collection is one of the most intensive set of narratives on the practice and theory of earth sciences in the post-World War Two era available to scholars.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 50
Broad Subjects: Science and Technology; Earth Sciences
ASP Subjects: Columbia University, New York, NY; Earth; Earth sciences; Geologists; Geology; History; New York; New York, NY; Observatories; Ocean; Oceanography; Oral history; Submarine geology; United States
Other Subjects: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; LDEO; Maurice Ewing
Collection Code: OHC0000862