The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: An Expanding Influence

  • George E. R. Deacon


For as long as most of us can remember Woods Hole has looked out across science as well as the ocean. Henry Bigelow, whose penetrating study of the scope, problems, and economic importance of oceanography helped to found the new Institution, emphasized the value of interdisciplinary and international studies, and promised that American activity would have world-wide significance. He encouraged exchanges with other laboratories, maintaining what has been affectionately described as an open-door policy; when Mary Sears edited the 1955 volume commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Institution she collected half the papers from overseas scientists.


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