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Mary Sears posing for a photo

“The Conscience of Oceanography” July 18, 1905 – September 2, 1997 Mary Sears was the Oceanographer of the United States Navy—the first in modern times. She also played a central role in the founding and formation of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Over the course of her career, Sears was an architect of the world…

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“She had fashioned a remarkable career out of the oddest assortment of parts: athletic prowess, an atomic bomb, a Smith firing, nosiness, and smidgen of luck.”-Kim Robert Nilsen, “Oceans, Atoms and Earthly Secrets

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