Wednesday, February 21, 2001
Public Lecture at Scripps Institution of Oceanography Highlights History of Deep-Sea Ocean Research
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego
or Mario Aguilera
FOR RELEASE: Feb.
PUBLIC LECTURE AT SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY HIGHLIGHTS HISTORY
OF DEEP-SEA OCEAN RESEARCH
University of California, San Diego
Deep-sea exploration and the history of 19th century ocean discoveries
will be the focus of a free public lecture by Dr. Helen M. Rozwadowski,
a world-renowned oceanography historian, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March
8, in Sumner Auditorium at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
8602 La Jolla Shores Drive, in La Jolla. The public is invited.
Rozwadowski was awarded Scripps Institution's William E. and Mary B.
Ritter Memorial Fellowship given biennially to a recognized scholar
of marine sciences history. Her public lecture is titled "No longer
'For ever closed to human gaze': 19th century discovery of the deep
An interest in Herman Melville and other maritime authors combined with
her interest in biology as an undergraduate sparked Rozwadowski's interest
in oceanography. As a graduate student in history of science, she studied
the origin of oceanography as a scientific discipline, especially 19th
century explorers of the ocean depths. Her academic publications have
considered the changing cultural meaning of the oceans over time and
the interweaving of many disciplines which created the modern science
Rozwadowski received her doctorate in the history of science from the
of Pennsylvania in 1996. Her dissertation is entitled, "Fathoming the
Ocean: Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea, 1840-1880." She was
appointed historian for the International Council for the Exploration
of the Sea (ICES) in 1996 and has written a history of this first intergovernmental
marine science organization. She is a member of the School of History,
Technology and Society at Georgia Institute of Technology.
The William E. and Mary B. Ritter Memorial Fellowship is an international
research award made biennially by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
to encourage scholarship in the history of marine science. The fellowship
is named in honor of the institution's founding director and his wife
and is funded by a gift from Robert L. and Bettie P. Cody. This honor
requires the recipient to spend time at Scripps Institution to interact
with scientists and scholars.
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