Defending Scripps

As I see it, there is one major problem with Harmon Craig's views on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and my stewardship of it (The Scientist, April 17, 1989, page 1). They, are based on almost total lack of knowledge of and participation in the major programs of the institution. A typical example is sea-floor spreading and continental drift. This is one of the great scientific revelations of our century. Even before I arrived on the scene at Scripps, very important contributions we

William Nierenberg
Aug 6, 1989
As I see it, there is one major problem with Harmon Craig's views on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and my stewardship of it (The Scientist, April 17, 1989, page 1). They, are based on almost total lack of knowledge of and participation in the major programs of the institution. A typical example is sea-floor spreading and continental drift. This is one of the great scientific revelations of our century. Even before I arrived on the scene at Scripps, very important contributions were made by Raitt, Vacquier, Mason and Raft, Engel, Menard, and others. In my time, Scripps became the operating institution for JOIDES (Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling), which involved large numbers of scientists from all over the world. There were many cruises and many supporting committees. Craig participated in none of these activities
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