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Ben Oostdam's Autobiography

as per January 13, 2003

Sections

CONTENTS 1932-1945: My first seven years (1932-39); My "war-years", WW2 (1940-45)
CONTENTS 1946-1950: Amstelveen; Hervormd Lyceum; Boy Scouts; Bike-tour to France (summer 1950)
CONTENTS 1950-1952: KIM (Royal Netherlands Naval Academy); cruises Mediterranean (1950), New Guinea (1952)
CONTENTS 1952-1954: Nationale Handelsbank; my boats; Lony, engagement, vacation Zeeland; to Bangkok (1954)


CONTENTS 1954-1955: Bangkok, Dutch Bank,Nakorn Pathong, Ayudhya, Nakorn Nayok, Petchaburi, Paknam, Kanchanaburi, Kao Yai,
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ChaChoengSao, Menam, HONGKONG, KOWLOON
CONTENTS 1956 : Kanchanaburi with Rudi Klerekoper, Tasau, ChaChoengSao, Cynthia and Charles, Ayudhya, Nam Tok Salika, Samud Sakorn,
- - - - - - - - - - - - - Tour by jeep through THAILAND, CAMBODJA and VIETNAM
CONTENTS 1957: Petchaburi & Hua Hin, Kanchanaburi again, Saraburi & Lopburi, Sukothai, miscellanea


CONTENTS 1957-1958: : depart Bangkok for Holland, England, CANADA : McGill University, Montreal, USA visits, NSBC job,
- - - - - - - - - - hitchhiking across Canada to British Columbia and back, BC jobs
CONTENTS 1958-1959: McGill University, acad. year 1958-59, Ken Davis c.s., summerjob at Consol. Zinc, Bathurst, N.B.
- - - - - - - - - - hitchhiking across NB, NS, PEI and Newfoundland; visit to St.Pierre and Miquelon (FRANCE)
CONTENTS 1959-1960: McGill University, acad. year 1959-60, summer fellow WHOI, "CHAIN 13" to FINLAND; HOLLAND/Rijkswaterstaat with Zeiglers
- - - - - - - - - - with jeep and Dorothy P. across USA to SIO, La Jolla, CA
CONTENTS 1960-1961: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA: students, courses, profs, projects, CUSS I, Punta Banda, Cruise to Cabo San
- - - - - - - - - - Lucas, social life, JAPAN, Kyoto, JAPANYON Expedition, the Shepards, Kamakura, Mount Fuli, Nikko, amas off Onjuku, MATS to Hawaii
CONTENTS 1962: Seafloor Spreading, Menard, Dietz, Hess, Transform Faults, Raitt, Mantle Convection, MORs, Holmes, Vening Meinesz, Field,
- - - - - - - - - - symmetry, offscraping, subduction zones, SCUBA dives off La Jolla, SIO and La Jolla Canyons, abalone, moray, shark,squid, turbidity current,
- - - - - - - - - - HAWAII II, Shepard, Veeh, Moberly, HIG, Cox, 2002 update on individual islands
CONTENTS 1963: Return to Hawaii, problems with project proposal, professors, cars and trailers; return to Maui: Black Coral diving with Rick Grigg,
- - - - - - - - - - La Perouse Bay, Jason, Paul Hoffmeister; marriage to Rose Peterson, honeymoon to Europe (to follow)
1963 - 1965: Ocean Science & Engineering, S.A.: Diamonds from the Sea

1966 - 1976: The Marine Science Consortium, PA, DE, VA ; Millersville University
1976 - 1978: KISR, Kuwait - - - to follow
1978 Tour of Africa, Asia, Pacific: - - - more under construction
. . . Indonesia, 1978
1980 - 1982: UNDP - IMA, Trinidad and Tobago - - - to follow
1986: Virgin Islands : Toxic Substances in the Coastal Environment- - - to follow
1988: Indonesia
1988 : China : Guest lecturer on Estuaries at East China Normal University, Shanghai - - -to follow

1989: USIA AMPART Lecture Tour: Barbados, Dominica, Syria, New Zealand - - -to follow

1990 - 1997: Millersville University, PA - - - to follow
. . .
Caribbean Coastal Studies
1998: Touring Namibia with Mercia
1999/2000: Y2K Tour of Indonesia with Paul Billeter
2000: HOLLAND 2000: KIM 50th Reunion, Den Helder;
- - - - - Amsterdam, Middelburg Z.H., Leiden, Reeuwijk, Venlo, Zutphen, Eindhoven-Utrecht

1998-2000: Novembers' status of Strawbale Pavilion


2001/2 Tour of Rwanda, Kenya and Holland
- - - including presenting workshop at National University of Rwanda, Butare
with Paul Billeter, Rick Millis and Eugene Kaplan


latest updates: Feb.17, April 7, June 26, Aug.8, Sep.28, Oct.6, Nov.6, 2002; Jan.13, 2003 - - COMMENTS ? - - Index of Ben Oostdam's Web Sites