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Frederick H. Fisher Papers
SMC 0107  
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Description
The collection consists of oceanographer Frederick H. Fisher's research files, professional correspondence and writings.
Background
Frederick Hendrick Fisher (1927-2005) was a research oceanographer and oceanographic engineer. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Washington in 1957. Fisher joined the Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography as a graduate Research Physicist in 1955, and was eventually elevated to Research Oceanographer and Lecturer at Scripps in 1967-1968. In 1963 he became Director of Research for Havens Industries of San Diego, which worked on the desalination of sea water by reverse osmosis. Fisher was Associate Director of MPL from 1987 to 1993, and made substantial contributions to the fields of physical oceanography and underwater acoustics. He chaired several scientific associations, published extensively and received three patents. He was a co-designer of the 1962 Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) and served as the Chief Scientist on numerous FLIP expeditions, studying sound propagation and absorption in sea water. His research on ocean salts led to the discovery of boric acid as the cause of anomalous low frequency relaxation in the ocean.
Extent
17.6 Linear feet (44 archives boxes)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the Regents of the University of California.
Availability
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