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Born August 11, 1923 in Los Angeles, CA; discusses early family life and childhood. Comments on his Navy service during WWII; discusses undergraduate education at New Mexico A&M in chemical engineering in 1950. Comments on graduate education and research at Scripps Oceanographic Institute; describes radioactivity testing program for Atomic Energy Commission in the Pacific. Discusses being hired to work for the Office of Naval Research in 1958; describes his work on the TENOC (Ten Year Plan for Naval Support of Oceanography).
In this interview, Thomas Malone discusses his career in meteorology and geophysics.
Scripps Institute of Oceanography. During the 1950s, high bottom heat flow, young age of “guyots” (flat-topped sea mountains), thinness of ocean sediments, patterns of fracture zones. Deep sea drilling program AMSOC and MOHO (1960-1970); Ocean magnetic surveys. Long-term measurements of carbon dioxide at Scripps by Keeling; greenhouse effect. International cooperation in oceanography via ICSU-SCOR. Circulation mixing and expansion of ocean waters; equatorial countercurrent.