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Laughton, A. S.
Oral history interview with Sir Anthony S. Laughton, 1998 May 6 and 12.
Topics include: his family and early education; his decision to attend Cambridge University and Kings College; the impact of WWII on his education; his Naval experiences; his post-war education; getting into geophysics; work on seismic refraction at sea; his dissertation work on the velocity of sound through the sea-bottom sedimentation; obtaining a Fulbright scholarship to go to U.S. where he spent one year at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observation; work with deep-sea camera; work with Bruce Heezen; comparison of Lamont with Scripps Institution of Oceanography; work leading to the gradual acceptance of sea-floor spreading; his work at National Institute of Oceanography; studies related to sea-floor spreading; comparison of British and American standards for classification of data; the Indian Ocean Expedition and its importance to the theory of sea floor spreading; his research vessel, Discovery; reactions to the work of Vine and Matthews; his work in the Gulf of Aden; Soviet ships and style of research; recollections of Russian scientist Gleb Udintsev; participation on the Atlantic Panel and participation on international programs and committees; comparison of the NIO to Lamont; the British government's support for research; the Rothschild report; differences between applied and strategic research; submarine detection work; creating government science policy; negotiations on the 3rd Law of the Sea; radioactive waste disposal.
British oceanographer. Born in 1927 in London.
Heezen, Bruce C.
Laughton, A. S.
Udint s ev, G. B. (Gleb Borisovich)
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
National Institute of Oceanography of Great Britain
International Indian Ocean Expedition (1960-1965)
Oceanography -- International cooperation.
Science and state.
Interviews. aat
Oral histories. aat
Transcripts. aat
Oceanographers -- Interviews. lcsh
Levin, Tanya J. interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA