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Warren S. Wooster Papers
SMC 0181  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Publication Rights
  • Related Materials

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Warren S. Wooster Papers
    Creator: Wooster, Warren S. (Warren Scriver)
    Identifier/Call Number: SMC 0181
    Physical Description: 2 Linear feet (2 archives boxes, 1 flat box)
    Date (inclusive): 1953-1989
    Abstract: A small collection of expedition files and photographs by oceanographer Warren Wooster.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    A small collection of expedition files and photographs by oceanographer Warren Wooster. Subjects of note include Scripps Institution of Oceanography expeditions, including cruise planning, bathythermographs, and field data. The photographs are black and white portraits of prominent SIO faculty.
    Arranged in two series: 1) EXPEDITIONS and 2) OCEANOGRAPHER PORTRAITS.


    Warren S. Wooster (1921-2008) was an oceanographer and Professor Emeritus in the School of Marine Affairs and the School of Fisheries at the University of Washington. His primary professional interest was in advocacy for the interdisciplinary collaboration between fisheries managers, oceanographers and atmospheric scientists in the development of international marine policy. He was the first director of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the first president of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea, and he was a principal founder of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) in 1991.
    Wooster received his M.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1947 and his Ph.D in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1953. After earning his degree, Wooster teamed with SIO physical oceanographer Joe Reid and biologist Ed Brinton in the early phases of the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI). He also led several SIO expeditions and served as Chief Scientist on the Transpac Expedition to Japan in 1953 and the STEP I Expedition to South America in 1960.
    He was a professor at SIO from 1963 to 1973 and served as chairman of the Scripps Graduate Department from 1967 to 1969. He left SIO to become director of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami where he served between 1973 and 1976. He then went on to become director of the Institute of Marine Studies at the University of Washington from 1979 to 1982, and was a professor in the same department from 1976 to 1991 until retiring emeritus. Over the course of his career, Wooster published nearly one hundred papers on oceanography and marine affairs.

    Preferred Citation

    Warren Wooster Papers. SMC 181. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 1992, 2004 and 2006.



    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Related Materials

    Warren S. Wooster papers, 1950-2001. Collection Number 3354. University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Scientific expeditions
    Portrait photographs -- 20th century
    Wooster, Warren S. (Warren Scriver) -- Archives
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography -- Faculty -- Portraits
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography