This book captures the excitement of a formative phase of UK science during and immediately following WWII. It links back to scientists working at Antarctic whaling stations and the complimentary voyages of Captain Scott's Discovery that explored the vast icy Southern Ocean, funded by a tax on whale oil. In the depths of WWII a small group of young scientists were brought together under the inspirational leadership of Dr (later Sir) George Deacon, and shortly after the end of the war, the UKis first National Institute of Oceanography was formed. The discoveries from 50 years ago underpin our modern-day science. The bookis chapters are all written and edited by NIO scientists and convey the atmosphere of work at sea in a bygone age before small computers, satellite navigation and easy communication. The book is A useful introduction for students of marine and/or environmental science. It will appeal to many scientists and the general public , to those interested in science and innovation during and after WWII and of course to many living in the Surrey who always wondered what went on in the leafy lanes that were home to NIO and its successors for almost 50 years.
|Publication date:||24th June 2010|
|Publisher:||Lutterworth Press an imprint of James Clarke & Co Ltd|
|Categories:||Oceanography (seas), Popular science,|
Sir Anthony Laughton joined the NIO in 1955, following a PhD in marine geophysics at Cambridge and was Director of IOS (the successor of NIO) between1978-88. He has obtained numerous awards and was awarded knighthood for services to oceanography in 1987. Dr John Gould joined NIO in 1967 and was head of Marine Physics and Director of two projects until his retirement in 2002. Amongst his recent publications is Ocean Circulation and Climate (2001) Mr M.J. 'Tom' Tucker joined the Group G at the Admiralty Research Laboratory in 1944. He later moved to NIO and was awarded DSc in Biological Oceanography by UCL in 1998. ...More About Anthony Laughton