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academic administrator , educator , Government official , Marine geologist

Melvin Norman Adolph Peterson, American marine geologist, academic administrator, educator, government official. Registered professional geologist California. Decorated Special commendation award Marine Technology Society; recipient Blue Pencil award, Federal Editors Association, 1969, Meritorious Public Service award, 1987. Fellow: Geological Society of America; member: Pacific Research Foundation (founder, president board directors).


Peterson, Melvin Norman Adolph was born on May 27, 1929 in Evanston, Illinois, United States. Son of Frederick Gothard Walter and Norma Alberta (Johnson) Peterson.


Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University, 1951. Master of Science, Northwestern University, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1960.


Assistant research geologist University California-San Diego, Scripps Institution Oceanography, La Jolla, 1960—1963, assistant professor, 1963—1966, associate professor, 1966—1971, academy administrator, V-VII marine geology program, 1971—1987, chief scientist deep sea drilling project, 1967—1972, program director deep sea drilling project, 1973—1987. Program director Initial Reports of the Deep Sea Drilling Project, 1969—1987. Chief scientist Department Commerce, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, 1987—1989.

Director Ocean Policy Institute, Pacific Forum/Center Strategic & International Studies, Honolulu, since 1991. School board member Del Mar Union Elementary Schools, California, 1965—1977, president, 1975—1977. Lieutenant junior grade United States Navy, 1951-1954, Korea.


  • Registered professional geologist California.


Member school board Del Mar Union Elementary Schools, California, 1965-1977, president, 1975-1977. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1951-1954, Korea. Fellow Geological Society American.

Member Pacific Research Foundation (founder, president of the board directors).


Married Margaret Stewart Forbes, June 14, 1958. Children: Katrina Elizabeth, John Frederick Forbes, Bruce Norman Stewart, Valerie Anne.

Frederick Gothard Walter Peterson

Norma Alberta (Johnson) Peterson

Margaret Stewart Forbes

Katrina Elizabeth Peterson

John Frederick Forbes Peterson

Bruce Norman Stewart Peterson

Valerie Anne Peterson