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Buck Ketchum

A History of Breaking New Ground

Bostwick H. "Buck" Ketchum (left) poses on a bulldozer in 1962 at the groundbreaking for WHOI’s Laboratory for Marine Sciences, later named for Alfred Redfield. At the time, Ketchum was leading the institution’s biology and chemistry programs; he later served as its associate director, spending more than forty years at WHOI over the course of his career. A polymath of ocean sciences, Ketchum conducted research on subjects ranging from estuarine physics to deep ocean biology. A year after his death in 1982, the Ketchum Award was established in his honor. WHOI biologist Don Anderson is its most recent recipient. (Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)


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