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Shor (George G.) Papers
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • OFF-SITE STORAGE
  • Publication Rights
  • Digital Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: George G. Shor Papers
    Creator: Shor, George G.
    Identifier/Call Number: SMC 0033
    Physical Description: 11 Linear feet (11 cartons, 1 map case folder, and digital files)
    Physical Description: 57.8 Megabytes
    Date (inclusive): 1950 - 2009
    Abstract: Papers of marine geophysicist George Shor, including his correspondence, committee files, teaching materials and geophysics research files. The collection also includes materials regarding the historic preservation of the Old Scripps Building.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers of marine geophysicist George Shor, including his correspondence, committee files, teaching materials and geophysics research files. The collection also includes materials regarding the historic preservation of the Old Scripps Building. Subjects of note include marine geophysics, seismic refraction and reflection, Project Mohole, the International Decade of Ocean Exploration (IDOE), SIO ship operations and the Birch Aquarium.
    Arranged in eight series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL FILES, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) TEACHING, 4) GROUPS AND ASSOCIATIONS, 5) GEOPHYSICS WORK, 6) PROJECTS, 7) INTERNATIONAL DECADE OF OCEAN EXPLORATION (IDOE) and 8) SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY.

    Biography

    George G. Shor (1923-2009) was a marine geophysicist who served as chief scientist on many SIO research expeditions and contributed to the administration of the Scripps fleet and seagoing operations. His interests included marine seismic refraction and reflection, deep sea topography, research fleet operations and SIO campus planning.
    Shor received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech in 1944. During World War II he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve and served as a radar and communications officer. He returned to Caltech in 1946 and received an M.S. in Geophysics in 1948. Between 1948 and 1951 he worked for the geophysical company Seismic Explorations, Inc. as party chief of a reflection seismograph crew before returning to Caltech for his Ph.D. in Seismology in 1951. Shor graduated in 1954, having conducted his dissertation on the seismic reflection of the Mohorovicic discontinuity, the boundary between the earth's crust and mantle.
    Shor began his career at SIO in 1953 working for the Marine Physical Laboratory as an Assistant Research Geophysicist. From the 1960s through the 1980s Shor had a rigorous seagoing career in which he averaged over two months at sea per year. He served as chief scientist for many expeditions, using explosives and air guns to conduct refraction and reflection studies. Shor served as principal investigator for Project Mohole, an endeavor launched by the American Miscellaneous Society in the 1950s which attempted to drill through the earth's crust into the Mohorovicic discontinuity. Alongside colleague Russell Raitt, Shor participated in several Mohole committees and piloted expeditions around the Hawaiian Islands to determine the best drilling location for the project. Project Mohole was terminated by Congress before drilling could begin. In 1960 Shor served as chief scientist on the Monsoon Expedition, the first SIO expedition to the Indian Ocean as part of the International Indian Ocean Expedition. His work in the Indian Ocean continued throughout his career and he was made special advisor to the Committee for Coordination of Joint Prospecting for Mineral Resources in Asian Offshore Areas (CCOP) from 1976-1991.
    Shor also served as Ship Scheduling Officer for the SIO Marine Operations Committee and was a formative participant in the creation of the UNOLS research ship fleet. During the 1960s he helped to establish the California Sea Grant program, serving as its manager from 1969 to 1973. From 1968 until his retirement in 1991 Shor served as Associate Director of SIO.
    George Shor's spouse, Elizabeth "Betty" Noble Shor, also worked at SIO as a laboratory assistant under ichthyologist Carl L. Hubbs. After Hubbs' death in 1979, she continued her work at Scripps, maintaining Hubbs' personal papers and library for many years. Remembered as the unofficial historian of SIO, she gathered records and papers across the institution and established the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives, and advocated for the historic preservation of the Old Scripps Building. She wrote Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Probing the Oceans, 1936-1976 for the Institution's 75th anniversary, and accompanied her husband on many research expeditions.

    Preferred Citation

    George Shor Papers. SMC 33. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 1995-2014.

    OFF-SITE STORAGE

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Digital Content

    Slides from the INDOPAC Expedition have been digitized and are available on the UC San Diego Library Digital Collections website. One sound recording has been reformatted, and the other sound recording is a digital file only.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    International Decade of Ocean Exploration, 1970-1980
    Marine geophysics -- 20th century
    Oceanography -- Study and teaching
    Shor, George G. -- Archives
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography -- Archives
    Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum
    Project Mohole