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Spiess (Fred N.) Papers
SMC 0036  
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
64.4 Linear feet (156 archives boxes, 2 flat boxes, and 1 map case folder)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.