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Robert B. Gagosian papers

 Record Group
Identifier: MC-51


  • 1972 - 2006

Conditions Governing Access

Open: Materials are available for research.

Biographical / Historical

Robert B. Gagosian was born in 1944 in Medford, MA and attended Columbia University earning his PhD in organic chemistry in 1970. He joined WHOI in 1972 as an Associate Scientist. During his time at WHOI, he took on roles including Marine Geochemist, Chairman of the Chemistry Department, WHOI Director of Research, and Senior Associate Director. He became the Director of WHOI in 1994 and remained the Director until 2006.

During his Directorshio at WHOI, Gagosian fulfilled a 7-year strategic plan, created the Ocean Institute, completed the Quisset campus redevelopment and new labs project, launched the new coastal research vessel Tioga, and secured funding to replace the 42-year-old research submarine, Alvin.

After he left WHOI he worked as Senior Science Advisor to the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


9 boxes (This collection includes nine boxes, seven bankers boxes and two oversized boxes. )




Swiss German; Alemannic; Alsatian


The Robert B. Gagosian papers are arranged in two series: People and Subject Files. Both series are arranged alphabetically.


  1. People
  2. Subjects

Custodial History

The custodial history of the collection is undocumented.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession notes found.

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Data Library and Archives Repository