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On The Shoulders of Giants

Saturday, June 3, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Acknowledging the scientists who blazed intellectual trails before him, Isaac Newton wrote: “If I have seen a little further it was by standing on the shoulders of giants.” In this special annual series, we invite our audience to stand on the shoulders of a modern day giant.

This year, we are honored to present an address by “Her Deepness,” oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Having logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, Dr. Earle has been at the forefront of ocean exploration for more than four decades. Formerly chief scientist of NOAA, she is the founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, and chair of the Advisory Councils of the Harte Research Institute and the Ocean in Google Earth. Through her leadership of Mission Blue, she has dedicated her life to combating increasing threats to our global ecosystems posed by rising tides and ocean heating. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation, and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.

Hosted by the Simons Foundation.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.


Sylvia EarleOceanographer, Marine Biologist, Author

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer who has been called a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and “Hero for the Planet” by TIME magazine.

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