Roger Revelle, Ph.D.

Often heralded as the father of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Roger Revelle earned his Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of California, Berkeley in 1936 after having joined Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) in 1931. Following his service in World War II, Dr. Revelle was appointed director of the Institution in 1950. Early in his tenure, he envisioned that having a San Diego based campus of the University of California would improve the quality of SIO graduate students by providing them with state-of-the-art training in physics, chemistry, and biology. From then on, Dr. Revelle fervently advocated and eagerly sought to persuade the UC Board of Regents, the California Legislature, and the City of San Diego of the need for UCSD. The decision was approved in 1959 and the first graduate students enrolled at the University in 1960. In 1963 Dr. Revelle left Scripps and founded the Center for Population Studies at Harvard University. In over ten years as director of the Center, he focused on the application of science and technology in alleviating world hunger. During this time he also served as Science Advisor to Interior Secretary Stewart Udall during the Kennedy Administration and was President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Returning to San Diego in 1976, Dr. Revelle became a Professor of Science, Technology, and Public Affairs at UCSD. The world continues to benefit from his vision and determination. Thus, Dr. Revelle truly is a remarkable leader in education.