Bullard, Edward Crisp, Sir, 1907-1980

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Dates:
Birth 1907-09-21
Death 1980-04-03

Biographical notes:

British geophysicist born in Norwick, England, on September 21, 1907, and educated at Clare College, Cambridge University. Bullard spent most of his career at the Department of Geodesy and Geophysics at Madingley Rise in Cambridge, named Bullard Laboratories in his honor, and as director of the National Physical Laboratory. In 1949, Bullard visited the Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he designed, built, tested, and used the heat probe. From 1966 until his death he had an appointment as professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He died in La Jolla, California April 3, 1980.

From the description of Sir Edward Bullard on development of heat probe [sound recording] : August 5, 1973 / interview by Sir Edward with Elizabeth N. Shor. 1973. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 39960330

Professor of Geophysics at the University of California.

From the description of Edward Crisp Bullard papers, 1923-1980. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 472459350

Bullard began his research at Cambridge, was seconded to the Admiralty during the Second World War, returned to Cambridge and, after a brief tenure of a Professorship of Physics at Toronto, became in 1953 Director of the National Physical Laboratory. In 1956 he returned to the Cambridge Department of Geodesy and Geophysics, remaining there until his retirement in 1974. His links with America had been strong throughout his career and he spent regular periods of research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego; after his retirement he and his second wife became American residents living at La Jolla. Among Bullard's important research interests were explosion seismolgy on land and at sea, marine and terrestrial heat flow, dynamo theory, continental drift and plate tectonics. He was active also in developing computer applications for the processing of large amounts of observational data. Throughout his life he took part in sea-going expeditions, not to mention his earliest famous research safari in Africa for gravity determinations in 1933-1934. Bullard served on many Government and professional committees as an adviser on science policy, and was also a consultant to several companies notably Shell and IBM UK (of which he was a director). In addition, he had a strong sense of history, shown in his assembling of material on the early days of the Cambridge Department, on Bushy House, in hi

s own antiquarian book collection and in the leading role he played in the Royal Society's Halley Tercentenary celebrations. He was a lively writer and lecturer, and a fascinating correspondent.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1916-ca.1980. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155006666

Bullard began his research at Cambridge, was seconded to the Admiralty during the Second World War, returned to Cambridge and, after a brief tenure of a Professorship of Physics at Toronto, became in 1953 Director of the National Physical Laboratory. In 1956 he returned to the Cambridge Department of Geodesy and Geophysics, remainign there until his retirement in 1974. His links with America had been strong throughout his career and he spent regular periods of research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego; after his retirement he and his second wife became American residents living at La Jolla. Among Bullard's important research interests were explosion seismology on land and at sea, marine and terrestrial heat flow, dynamo theory, continental drift and plate tectonics. He was active also in developing computer applications for the processing of large amounts of observational data. Throughout his life he took part in sea-going expeditions, not to mention his earliest famous research safari in Africa for gravity determinations in 1933-1934. Bullard served on many Government and professional committees as an adviser on science policy, and was also a consultant to several companies notably Shell and IBM UK (of which he was a director). In addition, he had a strong sense of history, shown in his assembling of material on the early days of the Cambridge Department, on Bushy House, in hi.

S own antiquarian book collection and in the leading role he played in the Royal Society's Halley Tercentenary celebrations. He was a lively writer and lecturer, and a fascinating correspondent.

From the description of Oral history interview with Sir Edward Crisp Bullard, 1973 August 5. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 77910798

Bullard began his research at Cambridge, was seconded to the Admiralty during the Second World War, returned to Cambridge and, after a brief tenure of a Professorship of Physics at Toronto, became in 1953 Director of the National Physical Laboratory. In 1956 he returned to the Cambridge Department of Geodesy and Geophysics, remaining there until his retirement in 1974. His links with America had been strong throughout his career and he spent regular periods of research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego; after his retirement he and his second wife became American residents living at La Jolla. Among Bullard's important research interests were explosion seismology on land and at sea, marine and terrestrial heat flow, dynamo theory, continental drift and plate tectonics. He was active also in developing computer applications for the processing of large amounts of observational data. Throughout his life he took part in sea-going expeditions, not to mention his earliest famous research safari in Africa for gravity determinations in 1933-1934. Bullard served on many Government and professional committees as an advisor on science policy, and was also a consultant to several companies notably Shell and IBM UK (of which he was a director). In addition, he had a strong sense of history, shown in his assembling of material on the early days of the Cambridge Department, on Bushy House, in hi

s own antiquarian book collection and in the leading role he played in the Royal Society's Halley Tercentenary celebrations. He was a lively writer and lecturer, and a fascinating correspondent.

From the description of Memorial service, 1980 April 16 [sound recording]. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 81276726

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Subjects:

  • Terrestrial heat flow--Research
  • Oceanography Observations
  • Geophysics
  • Memorial service
  • Marine geophysics
  • Physics--Congresses and conventions
  • Geologists
  • Geology--Research
  • Earth temperature
  • Gravity--Measurement

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  • Geophysicists
  • Physicists

Places:

  • Africa (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)