Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Morrough P. O'Brien: Dean of the College of Engineering, Pioneer in Coastal Engineering, and Consultant to General Electric

Interviewee(s):
O'Brien, Morrough P.
Interviewer(s):
Ziebarth, Marilyn
Title:
Morrough P. O'Brien: Dean of the College of Engineering, Pioneer in Coastal Engineering, and Consultant to General Electric
Abstract:
Family, education, studies at MIT; graduate work in mechanical engineering, UC Berkeley; hydraulics research and consultations, 1928-1941: contributions to coastal engineering, Pacific Coast Survey; WWII, consulting for armed services, Manhattan Project, E. O. Lawrence, Robert Oppenheimer, Engineering Science and Manpower War Training program, Bikini Atoll bomb tests; Dean of College of Engineering, UC Berkeley, 1943-1958: campus politics, faculty recruitment, post-war expansion of graduate education, facilities, research units, institutes; Loyalty Oath controversy, committee and tenure systems, University presidents Sproul and Kerr; consulting engineer, General Electric, 1947-1988: jet engine design, nuclear power, GE's relations with government, research and development issues for large companies, university-government-industry relationship, problem-solving; advisory posts. Appendices include writings by O'Brien and material from notebooks and files.
Subject area(s):
Education, University of California
Interview date(s):
1986 1987 1988
Project:
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
b10595785
Rights:
O'Brien, Morrough P. "Morrough P. O'Brien: Dean of the College of Engineering, Pioneer in Coastal Engineering, and Consultant to General Electric." Interview by Marilyn Ziebarth in 1986, 1987 and 1988. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1988.