Harald Ulrik Sverdrup

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Sverdrup, Harald Ulrik


Born Nov. 15 1888, in Sogn-dal; died Aug. 21, 1957, in Oslo. Norwegian arctic explorer, meteorologist, and oceanographer. Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

Sverdrup served as professor at the Geophysical Institute in Bergen from 1926 to 1930 and at the University of California from 1936 to 1948. He was the director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California from 1936 to 1948 and of the Norwegian Polar Institute from 1948. He was a professor at the University of Oslo from 1949.

From 1918 to 1925, Sverdrup directed the scientific investigations of the polar expeditions led by R. Amundsen on the Maud and compiled important data on the dynamics and regime of the East Siberian Sea. In 1931, Sverdrup conducted an underwater polar expedition on the Nautilus.


Oceanography for Meteorologists. London, 1945.
The Oceans: Their Physics, Chemistry, and General Biology, 7th ed. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1942. (With M. W. Johnson and R. H. Fleming.)
In Russian translation:
Plavanie na sudne “Mod” v vodakh morei Laptevykh i Vostochno-Sibirskogo. Leningrad, 1930.
Vo I’dy napodvodnoi lodke. Moscow, 1958.
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