Papers of oceanographer and deep-sea explorer Fred Noel Spiess, including his correspondence, research files, professional
materials and writings. The collection also includes some family papers, such as early correspondence between Spiess and his
wife, Sally, and materials documenting their joint interests.
Fred Noel Spiess (1919-2006) was an oceanographer, deep-sea ocean explorer and ocean engineer. His research interests in deep-sea
imaging, stable ocean platforms, long-range underwater systems and seafloor technology pioneered the development of innovative
oceanographic instruments, including the near-bottom sonar system Deep Tow. As Director of the Marine Physical Laboratory,
he co-invented R/P FLIP during the early 1960s alongside MPL researcher Frederick H. Fisher.
64.4 Linear feet
(156 archives boxes, 2 flat boxes, and 1 map case folder)
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