Oliver, J. E. (Jack Ertle), 1923-2011

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Geophysicist (Seismology). Research associate, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, 1953-1955; Professor of geology, Columbia University, 1955-1971; chairman of dept. of geology, Cornell University from 1971.

From the description of Oral history interview with Jack E. Oliver, 1996 March 8 and 1997 September 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83510609

Geophysicist (Seismology). Research associate, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, 1953-1955; professor of geology, Columbia University, 1955-1971; chairman of dept. of geology, Cornell University from 1971.

From the description of Shakespeare got it wrong. It's not "to be," it's "to do!" : the autobiographical memoirs of a lucky geophysicist / J. E. Oliver, 1998. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83570970

Geologist, Irving Porter Church Professor Emeritus, Cornell University. Oliver was born in Massillon, Ohio, and went on to graduate from Columbia University in 1947, and then earn his master's degree and a PhD in Geophysics there. In 1968, after years of research, Oliver published a paper entitled "Seismology and the New Global Tectonics," that made a groundbreaking argument for the existence of continental drift, now known as plate tectonics. In 1958, while in a New York State seismic station, Oliver observed a seismic wave generated not by an earthquake, but by a nuclear bomb test in Nevada. Overnight he became an authority on the subject, which led to his being an adviser to the White House on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty later than year, and a delegate to negotiations in Geneva in 1959. In 1971, Jack Oliver became the chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at Cornell University, and is known to have transformed the department from obscurity into a world-class facility. While there he and his colleague Sidney Kaufman co-founded the Consortium for Continental Reflection Profiling (COCORP), which has gone on to inspire deep seismic exploration programs in over 20 countries.

From the description of Jack Oliver papers, 1911-2004. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64054154

From the guide to the Jack Oliver papers, 1911-2004., (Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library)

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referencedIn Press, Frank. Oral history interview with Frank Press, 1997, July 1 and July 30. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Oliver, J. E. (Jack Ertle), 1923-2011. Oral history interview with Jack E. Oliver, 1996 March 8 and 1997 September 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Jack Oliver papers, 1911-2004. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University 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
creatorOf Heirtzler, J. R. (James R.). Early Lamont, 2002. 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 Sykes, L. R. Oral history interview with Lynn R. Sykes, 1996-1997. 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 Hunkins, Kenneth, 1928-. Oral history interview with Kenneth L. Hunkins, 1996-1998. 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 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 Greene, Harriett. Oral history interview with Harriett Greene, 1996-1997. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Oliver, J. E. (Jack Ertle), 1923-2011. Shakespeare got it wrong. It's not "to be," it's "to do!" : the autobiographical memoirs of a lucky geophysicist / J. E. Oliver, 1998. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Oliver, J. E. (Jack Ertle), 1923-2011. Jack Oliver papers, 1911-2004. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Oliver, J. E. (Jack Ertle), 1923-2011. Oral history interview with Jack E. Oliver, 1998 June 8. 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 Katz, Samuel, 1923-. Oral history interview with Samuel Katz, 1997 May 14. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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associatedWith Barth, Kai-Henrik, person
associatedWith Bucher, Walter H. (Walter Herman), 1888- person
associatedWith Consortium for Continental Reflection Profiling (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Cornell University corporateBody
associatedWith Cornell University. Dept. of Geology. corporateBody
associatedWith Cornell University. Dept. of Geology. corporateBody
associatedWith Crary, Albert P. person
associatedWith Doel, Ronald Edmund. person
associatedWith Dorman, Henry James, 1928- person
associatedWith Drake, Charles L. person
associatedWith Ewing, W. Maurice (William Maurice), 1906-1974. person
associatedWith Greene, Harriett. person
associatedWith Hayes, Dennis E. person
associatedWith Heirtzler, J. R. (James R.) person
associatedWith Hunkins, Kenneth, 1928- person
associatedWith International Geophysical Year. corporateBody
associatedWith Katz, Samuel, 1923- person
associatedWith Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. corporateBody
associatedWith Lamont Geological Observatory. corporateBody
associatedWith Langseth, Marcus G. person
associatedWith Opdyke, Neil D. person
associatedWith Press, Frank. person
associatedWith Sutton, George H., 1927- person
associatedWith Sykes, L. R. person
associatedWith United States. Dept. of Defense. corporateBody
associatedWith VELA Program (U.S.) corporateBody
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Geophysics
Geology
Plate tectonics
Nuclear weapons--Detection
Geology--Study and teaching
Seismology
Geologists
Underground nuclear explosions--Detection
Science--History
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Seismologists--Interviews
Geophysicists--Biography
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Birth 1923-09-26

Death 2011-01-05

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