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Women's History Month at WHOI

Women’s History Month at WHOI

March 28, 2013

Chief Scientists
Elizabeth “Betty” Bunce was one of the first female oceanographers and the first woman to serve as chief scientist aboard a WHOI research vessel. Her colleagues remember her as kind and loyal as well as forthright and tough—and for using a punching bag on research cruises. A geophysicist interested in tectonics and seismic studies, Bunce was also the first woman to serve as Chair of a department at WHOI. She received the 1995 Women Pioneers in Oceanography Award, and was honored posthomously by having a portion of the Puerto Rico Trench named after her.(Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)