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George Prior Woollard

George Prior Woollard, American educator, scientist. Recipient award for excellence in research U. Hawaii; Governor Hawaii’s award for distinguished service to state. Guggenheim fellow, 1941, 48.

Background

  • Woollard, George Prior was born on December 20, 1908 in Savannah, Georgia, United States. Son of Alfred and Anne (Jevons) Prior.

  • Education

    • Adopted by Frank and Elizabeth Woollard, 1920. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute Technology, 1932, Master of Science, 1934. A.M., Princeton, 1935, Doctor of Philosophy. in Geology, 1937.

      Postdoctorate student (American Geophysical Union fellow 1938, National Research Council fellow 1939), Lehigh University, 1938-1939. Honorary doctorates U. Uppsala (Sweden), University of Wisconsin.

    Career

    • Geophysics Rutgers University, 1941. Research group leader underwater sound Woods Hole (Massachusetts) Oceanographic Institute, 1942-1948. Field Memorial lecturer geophysics Princeton, 1948-1949.

      Associate professor, then professor geophysics and engineering geology University of Wisconsin, 1949-1963, director Geophysical and Polar Research Center, 1959-1963. Director Hawaii Institute Geophysics, also professor geophysics U. Hawaii, 1963-1977. Exchange professor Institute Geofisca, U. Nacional de Mexico, 1955.

      Chairman coms. gravity, crust and core of earth United States nat. committee International Geophysical Year, 1957-1960. Chairman of Commission geodetic and navigational satellites, member space science board National Academy Sciences, 1959-1967, Chairman of Commission crust and core of earth, member polar board, 1960-1967, member Pacific science board, 1963-1967, member geophysics research board, 1961-1979. United States representative for geophysics, science committee Antarctic research International Council of Scientific Unions, 1962-1979.

      United States representative for gravity on upper mantel commission 1960-1967, International Union Geodesy and Geophysics, 1963-1968. United States member International Gravity Committee, 1960-1979, member special commission on standardization gravity, 1962-1971, special commission on gravity-geophysical relations, 1967-1979. Member President’s Commision on National Ocean Program, 1970.

      Member Executive Committee, planning committee Joint Oceanographic Institute Deep Earth Sampling, 1974-1976. Member Pan American Institute Geology and History Geophysics Commission, 1971-1979. Member Governor Hawaii Advisory Committee Science and Technology, 1964-1979.

      Member Governor Hawaii Task Force on Oceanographics, 1969-1973. Member Hawaii Department Transportation Harbor Task Force, 1967-1970, Multi-Modal Task Force, 1973-1979, Department Economics Development Energy Task Force, 1974-1976. President Madison (Wisconsin) chapter United World Federalists, 1957-1960.

      Trustee Bermuda Biological Station for Research, 1940-1946.

    Works

    • Author: (with J.C. Rose) International Gravity Measurements, 1963. (with G. Hanson) Geophysical Methods Applied to Geological Problems in Wisconsin, 1957. Also numerous articles.

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Member International Gravity Committee, 1960-1979. Member President’s Commision on National Ocean Program, 1970. Member Executive Committee, planning committee Joint Oceanographic Institute Deep Earth Sampling, 1974-1976.

    Member Pan American Institute Geology and History Geophysics Commission, 1971-1979. Member Governor Hawaii Advisory Committee Science and Technology, 1964-1979. Member Governor Hawaii Task Force on Oceanographics, 1969-1973.

    Member Hawaii Department Transportation Harbor Task Force, 1967-1970, Multi-Modal Task Force, 1973-1979, Department Economics Development Energy Task Force, 1974-1976. President Madison (Wisconsin) chapter United World Federalists, 1957-1960. Trustee Bermuda Biological Station for Research, 1940-1946.

    Served with Field Artillery, United States Army, 1924-1930. Fellow American Geophysical Union (chairman special committee geological and geophysical study continents 1948-1963, nat. vice president 1960-1963, president 1963-1965, Bowie medal), Geological Society American (councillor 1958-1961), Royal Astronomical Society. Member American Geological Institute (board directors 1956-1959), Society Exploration Geophysicists, American Association Petroleum Geologists, European Association Exploration Geophysicists, Seismological Society American, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Briarean Society, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Psi, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa.

    Connections

    • Married Eleanore Monroe McClintock, May 7, 1937. Children: Bruce, Monroe, Nancy Light, George, Harold, Matilda, Frank, Belinda, Elizabeth.
    • father: Alfred Prior
    • mother: Anne (Jevons) Prior
    • spouse: Eleanore Monroe McClintock
    • children: Bruce Woollard
    • Monroe Woollard
    • Nancy Light Woollard
    • George Woollard
    • Harold Woollard
    • Matilda Woollard
    • Frank Woollard
    • Belinda Woollard
    • Elizabeth Woollard
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    Born December 20, 1908
    Died April 8, 1979
    (aged 70)
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