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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Waverly Person

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Geophysicist and seismologist Waverly Person was born in Blackridge, Virginia on May 1, 1926. Attending the high school of historically black Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Virginia, he was drafted into Army as a high school senior in 1944. Serving in the Pacific during World War II and in the Korean War, he achieved the rank of first sergeant. After his B.S. degree in mathematics from Saint Paul's College, Person became interested in geophysics, working as a seismic monitoring technician. He studied at American University and George Washington University, becoming qualified as a geophysicist in 1965. Despite facing racism, he became a federal geophysicist in 1971. Person worked his way up to become the first African American chief scientist of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Service in 1977 until his 2006 retirement. Person was active with the Seismological Society of America, Boulder County Crimestoppers, and Flatirons Kiwanis Club.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
136 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Waverly Person
Waverly Person
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Golden, Colorado 2002 June 19.
Description
1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 15 min., 42 sec.)) : sound, color
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