Roger Revelle, a California oceanographer who predicted global warming as early as the 1950s, died July 15 at the age of 82. He was a professor emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, at the time of his death. Revelle helped found UC-San Diego in 1960. One of the university's five undergraduate colleges is named Revelle College in his honor.

Revelle's career, which spanned nearly 60 years, encompassed a wide range of interests. From 1951 until 1964, he directed the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. During that time, in addition to his work on global warming, he conducted research that led to the theory of plate tectonics.

Another of Revelle's long-standing interests was human population growth and global food supplies. In 1964, he left Scripps to establish and direct the Harvard University Center for Population Studies, where he remained until 1975, when he returned to...

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