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Goldman, Helle V. ; Orheim, Olav (2001)

In 1948, Harald Ulrik Sverdrup left his position as director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, to become the first director of the Norwegian Polar Institute. The NPI was a renamed continuation of what until then had been an Arctic-focused institute with a strong emphasis on topographical and geological mapping. Together with a new director, the institute got a broadened scientific scope, especially in geophysics, and its purview became bi-polar.
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