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Signing ceremony for WHOI/MIT Joint program, May 8, 1968.

It Was Forty Years Ago Today...

Howard Johnson (seated, center), president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Paul Fye (seated, right), director of WHOI, sign a memorandum creating the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography on May 8, 1968.  Witnesses to the signing of the historic science education agreement on the research vessel Chain include Burr Steinbach, WHOI dean of graduate studies; Jerome Wiesner, MIT provost; and Frank Press, head of MIT's Earth and Planetary Sciences Department. At the time, the journal Science called the partnership "unusual, if not unprecedented." (Photo courtesy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)


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