Magazine article Sea Classics

Sea Legs: Tales of a Woman Oceanographer

Magazine article Sea Classics

Sea Legs: Tales of a Woman Oceanographer

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SEA LEGS: TALES OF A WOMAN OCEANOGRAPHER By Kathleen Crane One of the more profound aspects of the 40-year Cold War was the effect international tensions had on opening new career fields for women. Had the Cold War and an all-volunteer military force not happened it can be safely argued that the fair sex might not have made such rapid progress into the cockpits of jet aircraft or onto the bridge of warships.

The development of the Cold War also profoundly affected the rise of ocean sciences, and the lives of those scientists who were to enter those waters. Women were allowed to pursue science as a consequence of the fears in America generated by the Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite. Sea Legs is the story of Kathleen Crane, one of the first women oceanographers out of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. By turns personal and objective, Crane tells how her quest for freedom led her to the sea and her research of deep-sea underwater volcanoes. …

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