Heezen, Bruce C.

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Oceanographer and geologist, received the B.A. degree from Iowa State University in 1948 and his Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in 1952. Heezen's entire professional career was spent on the geology department faculty of Columbia University and as a scientist at the Unviersity's Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory. He was Research Associate, 1955-1957; Senior Research Scientist, 1957-1960; Assistant Professor, 1960-1964; and Associate Professor, 1964-1977. Heezen was also a consultant with the United States Naval Oceanographic Office from 1968 until his death.

From the description of Papers, 1947-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82166714

Bruce Charles Heezen. Oceanographer and geologist. Studied the dynamic processes of the ocean floor and documented turbidity currents using the 1929 Grand Banks earthquake; in 1957, in collaboration with Marie Tharp, he also documented the existance of the ocean rift and related seismic activity.

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Bruce C. Heezen (1924-1977), oceanographer and geologist, received the B.A. degree from Iowa State University in 1948 and his Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in 1952. Heezen's entire professional career was spent on the geology department faculty of Columbia University and as a scientist at the University's Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory. He was Research Associate, 1955-1957; Senior Research Scientist, 1957-1960; Assistant Professor, 1960-1964; and Associate Professor, 1964-1977. Heezen was also a consultant with the United States Naval Oceanographic Office from 1968 until his death. Heezen's interest in oceanography began in 1947 when as an undergraduate he was invited to join W. Maurice Ewing's expedition to study the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. His career was marked by constant seagoing voyages and submersible dives to support research on turbidity currents, abyssal plains, continental drift, and other aspects of the ocean floor. He was the author of over 300 scientific papers and several books including The Face of the Deep, with C. D. Hollister in 1971. With his colleague Marie Tharp, Heezen created many maps and panoramas of the ocean floor. Several of the maps were published in National Geographic magazine. Heezen died in 1977 while working in the submersible NR-1 on the Reykjanes Ridge in the North Atlantic Heezen was a member and officer of numerous national and international organizations. He was the recipient of the Henry Bryant Bigelow Medal of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1964; the Cullum Geographic Medal of the American Geographical Society, 1973; and the Gardiner Greene Hubbard Medal of the National Geographic Society, awarded posthumously in 1978

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referencedIn Gordon, Arnold L. Oral history interview with Arnold L. Gordon, 1996-1997. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Hayes, Dennis E. Oral history interview with Dennis E. Hayes, 1995-1997. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Granelli, Nestor, 1931-. Oral history interview with Captain Nestor Granelli, 1997 August 22. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Hunkins, Kenneth, 1928-. Oral history interview with Kenneth L. Hunkins, 1996-1998. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Kesner, Alma. Oral history interview with Alma Kesner, 1995 October 25 and 1997 March 18. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Tharp, Marie. Oral history interview with Marie Tharp, 1994 September 14. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Ewing, J. I. (John I.). Oral history interview with John and Betty Ewing, 1996-1997. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Records of the U.S. Information Agency. 1900 - 2003. Audio Recordings. 1942 - 1999. TURBIDITY CURRENTS
creatorOf Berann, Heinrich C. [Manuscript painting of Heezen-Tharp "World ocean floor" map by Berann]. Library of Congress
creatorOf Heezen, Bruce C. Turbidity currents and submarine slumps, and the 1929 Grand Banks earthquake. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Menard, Henry W. (Henry William), 1920-1986. Papers, 1938-1986, bulk 1960-1986. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Aitken, Thomas D., 1934-. Oral history interview with Thomas Aitken, 1997. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Dorman, Henry James, 1928-. Oral history interview with Henry James Dorman, 1997. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Sutton, George H., 1927-. Oral history interview with George H. Sutton, 1996 December 30 and 3 June, 1997. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Glen, William, 1932-. William Glen interviews with scientists [sound recording] UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Hays, James D., 1926-. Oral history interview with James D. Hays, 1996-1997. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Vila, Fernando. Oral history interview with Fernando Vila, 1997 August 23. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Lonardi, Alberto, 1930-. Oral history interview with Alberto Lonardi, 1997 August 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Heezen, Bruce C., 1924-1977. Papers, 1947-1977. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Heezen, Bruce C., 1924-1977. Bruce C. Heezen Collection. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Langseth, Marcus G. Oral history interview with Marcus G. Langseth, 1995 December 13, 21, and 1996 June 3, December 19. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Udintsev, G. B. (Gleb Borisovich). Oral history interview with Gleb Udinetisev, 1997, July 30 and August 1. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Opdyke, Neil D. Oral history interview with Neil D. Opdyke, 1997. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Ryan, William B. F., 1939-. Oral history interview with William Ryan, 1997. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Drake, Charles L. Oral history interview with Charles L. Drake, 1995, November 28, 1996 May 22, and 1997 May 20. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Katz, Samuel, 1923-. Oral history interview with Samuel Katz, 1997 May 14. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Gerard, Robert D., 1926-. Oral history interview with Sam Gerard, 1996 May 31 and 1997 June 24. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Heirtzler, J. R. (James R.). Early Lamont, 2002. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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associatedWith Aitken, Thomas D., 1934- person
associatedWith Berann, Heinrich C. person
associatedWith Columbia University corporateBody
associatedWith Dorman, Henry James, 1928- person
associatedWith Drake, Charles L. person
associatedWith Ewing, J. I. (John I.) person
associatedWith Gerard, Robert D., 1926- person
associatedWith Glen, William, 1932- person
associatedWith Gordon, Arnold L. person
associatedWith Granelli, Nestor, 1931- person
associatedWith Hayes, Dennis E. person
associatedWith Hays, James D., 1926- person
associatedWith Heirtzler, J. R. (James R.) person
associatedWith Hunkins, Kenneth, 1928- person
associatedWith Katz, Samuel, 1923- person
associatedWith Kesner, Alma. person
associatedWith Langseth, Marcus G. person
associatedWith Lonardi, Alberto, 1930- person
associatedWith Menard, Henry W. (Henry William), 1920-1986. person
associatedWith Opdyke, Neil D. person
associatedWith Ryan, William B. F., 1939- person
associatedWith Sutton, George H., 1927- person
associatedWith Tharp, Marie. person
associatedWith Udintsev, G. B. (Gleb Borisovich) person
associatedWith Vila, Fernando. person
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Oceanography--Research
Oceanography--Study and teaching
Turbidity currents
Ocean--Maps
Geology
Geology--Research
Oceanogaphic research ships
Oceanography
Earthquakes
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Oceanographers
Geologists
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Birth 1924-04-11

Death 1977-06-21

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