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Bruce C. Heezen Papers

Topic:
The Face of the Deep (Monograph : 1971)
National geographic magazine
Creator::
Heezen, Bruce C.  Search this
Extent:
98.7 cu. ft. (96 record storage boxes) (1 document box) (5 oversize tube boxes) (6 globes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
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Audiotapes
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Black-and-white transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
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Place:
Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Reykjanes Ridge
North Atlantic Ocean
Date:
circa 1947-1977
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
The papers of Bruce C. Heezen primarily document his oceanographic and geological research and his career as a faculty member and scientist at Columbia University. To a lesser extent, they concern his personal affairs. They include incoming and outgoing correspondence with geologists, oceanographers, Columbia University colleagues, publishers and professional organizations; personal correspondence, memorabilia, and records from his college career; files on Heezen's professional activities including meetings, conferences, symposia, and lectures; correspondence, reports, proposals and related materials concerning contracts and grants received by Heezen; manuscripts and reprints of his published and unpublished scientific papers; classroom materials and teaching records; written and audio logs from oceanographic cruises and submersible dives; photographs, 35mm slides, videotapes, and motion pictures from research cruises and dives, including many underwater images; manuscripts, notes, and research materials from his book, The Face of the Deep; and maps of the ocean floor prepared by Heezen and Marie Tharp. Related Heezen material, including data, worksheets and research maps are located at the Library of Congress.
Historical Note:
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 Maurice W. 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 Charles 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.
Topic:
Oceanography  Search this
Oceanographers  Search this
Submarine geology  Search this
Geologists  Search this
Oceanographic submersibles  Search this
Turbidity currents  Search this
Abyssal zone  Search this
Continental drift  Search this
Ocean bottom  Search this
Ocean -- Maps  Search this
Geology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Maps
Motion pictures (visual works)
Videotapes
Artifacts
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Microfilms
Books
Manuscripts
Color transparencies
Color negatives
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7464, Bruce C. Heezen Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7464
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru7464

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