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At a Glance
Papers stemming from the OHRO documentation of the founding of the Lamont-Dougherty Earth Observatory. Includes correspondence and research materials.
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Maurice Ewing Oral History Related Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.
Papers processed mmb 5/2/1999.
Papers appraised appraiser [date].
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Maurice Ewing (1906 - 1974) was an American geophysicist, oceanographer, and a pioneer of ocean floor research. He was born in rural Texas to a large farm family. His expertise in mathematics led him to be offered a scholarship to Rice University at a young age, eventually earning a Ph.D. in physics. "Doc" Ewing taught physics at the University of Pittsburgh and Lehigh University before becoming a professor of geology at Columbia in 1947, where he worked until 1972. Also an intense researcher, he collected years worth of core data from the world's ocean floors, bringing the ocean basins into view for the first time. Results from his research laid groundwork for further discoveries that would shape plate tectonics in the Earth Sciences.