Of Seas and Ships and Scientists: The Remarkable History of the UK's National Institute of Oceanography, 1949-1973

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  • Copyright: 2010-08-27
  • Publisher: David Brown Book Co
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Of Seas and Ships and Scientists is an exciting account of a formative phase of UK science - the foundation and early years of the National Institute of Oceanography. The roots of the NIO may be found in the pre-war research by scientists, on Scott's Discovery, on the biology of the vast Southern Ocean, funded by a tax on whale oil.

Author Biography

Sir Anthony Laughton joined the NIO in 1955, following a PhD in marine geophysics at Cambridge and was Director of IOS (the successor of NIO) between 1978-88. He has obtained numerous awards and was awarded a knighthood for services to oceanography in 1987. Dr John Gould joined NIO in 1967 and was head of Marine Physics and later directed two global climate projects. Amongst his recent publications is Ocean Circulation and Climate (2001). Mr M.J. 'Tom' Tucker joined the Group W at the Admiralty Research Laboratory in 1944. He later moved to NIO. Amongst his recent publications is Waves in Ocean Engineering (2001), authored with E.G. Pitt. Prof. Howard Roe joined the Whale Research Unit at NIO in 1965, following a degree in Zoology at University College London. He was the Director of the Southampton Oceanography Centre from 1999 to his retirement in 2005.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgementsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
The Historical Contextp. 13
Marine science in the UK before World War IIp. 15
Steps toward the founding of NIOp. 24
The founding director, Sir George Deaconp. 33
Group W at the Admiralty Research Laboratory Personal reminiscences by some of its members Compiledp. 41
Life in the Oceansp. 67
Ocean ecologyp. 69
Whales and whalingp. 92
The Discovery of a Turbulent Oceanp. 109
Ocean currents-entering the modern agep. 111
Exploring ocean variabilityp. 128
Internal waves and all thatp. 140
Seawater-its physical and chemical propertiesp. 148
The Visible Surface of the Oceanp. 157
Wave research at Wormleyp. 159
Waves, surges and tidesp. 171
Applied wave researchp. 182
The Earth Beneath the Seap. 191
Side-scan sonar-a tool for seafloor geologyp. 193
The rocks below the deep oceanp. 208
Support for the Scientific Visionp. 231
Engineering and applied physicsp. 233
Research shipsp. 267
The library-a key research toolp. 281
The 'backroom boys'p. 286
Beyond 1973p. 293
The legacyp. 295
Cruises of RRS Discovery IIp. 306
Cruises of RRS Discoveryp. 310
Acronyms and abbreviationsp. 313
Author biographiesp. 317
Referencesp. 324
Indexp. 338
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