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

ICHO Meeting, Rio IUHPST Congress July 24, 2017

[Submitted by Helen Rozwadowski] A meeting of the Commission on the History of Oceanography (ICHO) was held at the IUHPST Congress in Rio de Janeiro on July 24, 2017. In attendance were: Helen Rozwadowski (President) and Cornielia Lüdecke (Vice-President) as well as the following members: Alexandru Bologa (Romania; Bruno Costelini (Brazil); Pen Hardy (USA); Maria… Read More ICHO Meeting, Rio IUHPST Congress July 24, 2017

Challenging the scientific legacy of Johan Hjort: Is it time for a new paradigm shift in marine research?

By Vera Schwach ICHO and the Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics, Bergen, Norway, is organizing a combined marine science and history of marine science symposium: In 2019 we will celebrate the 150-year anniversary of the birth of Johan Hjort (1869-1948). His research was foundational to the development of modern fisheries science. In particular, Hjort’s… Read More Challenging the scientific legacy of Johan Hjort: Is it time for a new paradigm shift in marine research?