An Ocean in Common: American Naval Officers, Scientists, and by Gary E. Weir PDF

By Gary E. Weir

Via international conflicts and the chilly warfare, the united states army and American ocean scientists drew nearer, changing a wedding of necessity right into a courting of feat. starting in 1919, this research strains the 1st forty two years in their joint quest to appreciate one another and the deep ocean.

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Naval forces in Europe, the admiral urged the Navy and State Departments to ensure American commitment to the IHB. He retired in 1923 as a vice admiral and then accepted the joint nomination from the navy and the Department of Commerce to Wll the vacancy on the bureau’s board of directors created by the death of J. Renaud, head of the French navy’s Hydrographic Service. 30 SELLING BELLEVUE 13 Bunnies, Birds, and the SDF Hydro’s international activities with the IHB and practical wartime experience attracted the attention of many scientists in search of logistical and Wnancial support for their ocean research.

Following the suggestions made by Harvey Hayes, Roosevelt made sure that the navy maintained a high proWle for the sake of political utility and public relations without losing sight of the genuine value of the scientiWc exploration un- T H E H AY E S I N I T I AT I V E B E A R S F R U I T 27 der consideration. 11 Roosevelt received a very encouraging response to his invitation. Sixty-one scientists and oYcials from twelve diVerent government agencies and private institutions announced that they would attend.

Although many ocean scientists would only intermittently take advantage of the programs begun by the navy, the conferees intended that the commitment, purpose, and programs should last and proliferate. S. National Museum as the permanent repository for the constant Xow of specimens. For its part, the navy pledged to follow the example set by the Challenger scientists, who published a series of volumes based on their oceanographic data edited by C. Wyville Thomson and John Murray. The conference also projected the possibility and desirability of a SDF ocean bottom chart for the Gulf of Mexico–Caribbean area.

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