The collection consists of typewritten manuscripts and related materials co-authored or written by Sverdrup, including
The Oceans: Their Physics, Chemistry and General Biology.
Harald Ulrik Sverdrup (1888-1956) was a Norwegian meteorologist and oceanographer. Sverdrup was the chief scientist on Roald
Amundsen's 1918-1925 Arctic expedition aboard the Maud. In 1926, he became chair of meteorology at the University of Bergen, and in 1931 he was appointed research professor at
the Christian Michelsen Institute. Sverdrup became director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) in 1936, where
he improved the research program and developed the graduate curriculum with an emphasis on physical oceanography. Sverdrup
coauthored The Oceans: Their Physics, Chemistry and General Biology (1942), a foundational text for modern oceanography. In 1945 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and joined
the Executive Committee of the American Geophysical Union, presiding over the AGU Oceanography Section. In 1946 he became
president of the International Association of Physical Oceanography. Sverdrup remained director of SIO for almost twelve years
before returning to Norway to head the Norwegian Polar Institute, where he continued his scientific contributions.
2.4 Linear feet
(6 archives boxes)
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