Oceans & History: International Commission for the History of Oceanography (ICHO) Meet & Greet

April 30, 2021, 2:00 PM (EDT) ASEH will be hosting ICHO members and anyone interested in ocean history to gather to find out about ICHO, meet each other, and learn about each others’ work. The event will begin with a short presentation introducing ICHO, followed by two 15-minute break out groups of 4-5 people (think group speed… Read More Oceans & History: International Commission for the History of Oceanography (ICHO) Meet & Greet

CFP: 2021 Prague International Congress of History of Science and Technology Individual Paper Submission Deadline Extended

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Local Organizing Committee of 26th ICHST, together with the DHST Council have taken a difficult decision to switch to a totally virtual congress. The virtual congress will be held on the originally scheduled date: 25–31 July. As soon as the virtual ICHST 2021 concept is finalised, (for details,… Read More CFP: 2021 Prague International Congress of History of Science and Technology Individual Paper Submission Deadline Extended

A Forgotten Aspect of the Famous Last Voyage of the Carnegie: It Entangled Harald Sverdrup, Roger Revelle and Herbert Graham in Oceanography

By John R. Dolan Sorbonne Université, CNRS UMR 7093 Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer, 06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France Introduction The Carnegie was an unusual ship, a non-magnetic (iron-free) 44 m brigantine yacht designed to conduct surveys of terrestrial magnetism. In 1927 the vessel was overhauled and re-fitted for a 3-year global voyage, Cruise VII, dedicated not only to magnetism but… Read More A Forgotten Aspect of the Famous Last Voyage of the Carnegie: It Entangled Harald Sverdrup, Roger Revelle and Herbert Graham in Oceanography

The famous and lesser-known illustrations of Thomas Huxley’s Bathybius

By John R. Dolan Sorbonne Université, CNRS UMR 7093 Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer, 06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France During the 1860s and 1870s the Darwinian Revolution was in full swing. Darwin’s critics pointed out that the origin of life was not addressed and that there appeared to be many missing links among taxa both existing and fossil.… Read More The famous and lesser-known illustrations of Thomas Huxley’s Bathybius

Marine Lexicon

Posted by Vera Schwach: “Marine Lexicon is a cooperative project between Portugal and Norway, funding by EEA Grants, aiming at the construction of a thesaurus of European common names of marine mammals (cetacean, seals, sea lions, and sirenian) and symbolic elements (sea monsters, hybrid beings, folklore creatures) represented in the early modern age (15th –… Read More Marine Lexicon

Reckoning with a Racist Legacy in Ocean Science

By Penelope K. Hardy and Helen M. Rozwadowski   Among the numerous Confederate statues targeted by protesters around the country, the one of Matthew Fontaine Maury in Richmond, Virginia, inspired only the vague graffiti condemnation, “Fuck this guy too.” Maury, who is familiar to oceanographers, historians of the ocean sciences, generations of naval officers, and… Read More Reckoning with a Racist Legacy in Ocean Science

CFP: 2021 Prague International Congress of History of Science and Technology

The International Commission for the History of Oceanography is seeking abstract submissions for two proposed sessions at the 2021 Prague International Congress of History of Science and Technology (for details, see: https://www.ichst2021.org/). Please send proposed abstracts or questions by Friday, May 22nd to Penelope Hardy at phardy [AT] uwlax.edu or Helen Rozwadowski at helen.rozwadowski [AT]… Read More CFP: 2021 Prague International Congress of History of Science and Technology

Challenging the scientific legacy of Johan Hjort. Bergen, Norway 12–14 June 2019

[Click here for a google doc of the CFP] [Click here for a PDF version of the conference announcement below]   Dear Colleagues in history of marine science and fisheries science In the year of Johan Hjort’s 150th birthday (1869–1948), we want to draw your attention to this exciting ICES symposium CHALLENGING THE SCIENTIFIC LEGACY OF… Read More Challenging the scientific legacy of Johan Hjort. Bergen, Norway 12–14 June 2019