WHOI Waypoints: Celebrating a Half-Century of Oceanography


The Institution hosted a two-day colloquium in March titled “Oceanography: The Making of a Science—
People, Institutions, and Discovery.” It was one of five meetings, held around the country and sponsored
by the Office of Naval Research and the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, to celebrate accomplishments in understanding the oceans in the last half of the 20th century. The program featured several WHOI staff along with colleagues from other institutions. It also collected videotaped oral histories, including a session Physical Oceanographer Emeritus Nick Fofonoff, who was instrumental in the ONR-sponsored development of mooring technology.