|Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
A Guide to the Papers of Frederick R. Hess, 1967-1984
Manuscript Collection MC-48
1 box (1.25 lin. ft.)
Frederick Roland (Fritz) Hess joined Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1960 as a Research Associate in electronics working for Brackett Hersey. In 1964 he was appointed to the technical staff as a Research Associate in the Department of Geophysics. In 1966 he was awarded and Insitution Fellowship for continuing education, and during the academic years 1966-1968 he was granted leave of absence to attend the University of New Hampshire. He received his Bachelor's degree in 1969. In 1971 he began working in the Department of Ocean Engineering under Earl Hays and was appointed a Research Specialist in 1977.
Prior to joining WHOI, he worked at Anton Electronic Laboratories where he assisted in the development of radiation detectors. He also worked at Emerson Radio and Phonograph Company where he was in charge of electrical and electronic standards. He served three years in the Army maintaining crypto-analytic equipment and serving as an electronics instructor. After discharge from the military, Fritz enrolled as a physics major at the University of Maryland where he worked on cosmic ray and upper atmospheric research. He spent a year at Litton Industries where he was responsible for the design and testing of various aspects of electronic countermeasures equipment for the Air Force. He then joined the National Electronics Laboratory working on angular accelerometers and underwater logs for the U.S. Navy. This was his entrance into a career in oceanographic instrument design, which he continued to pursue so successfully at WHOI.
Fritz had an ingenious and inventive mind that contributed unique and novel measurement techniques to oceanography. His use of model airplanes to collect air samples remotely from ships, his development of acoustic transducers and high frequency backscattering sonars, and his several patents illustrate the board range of his expertise. He made contributions to marine acoustics, marine geology, and ocean engineering.
Fritz was a charter member of the Marine Technology Society and was very active in professional as well as community affairs. He served for many years as the permanent secretary of the Institution's Patent Committee, and was also elected to the Staff Committee. He was an active amateur radio operator and was reponsible for experimental radio in the early 1960s as a researcher for the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS). His hobby was building and flying radio controlled airplanes, and he was president of the OTIS model airplane club. He was very active in church affairs and served as president of the congregation at Christ Lutheran Church in Falmouth.
He died on March 10, 1985.
Taken from his WHOI obituary.
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The papers consist of Frederick R. Hess’s personal notebooks, correspondence, scientific notes, plots, and photographs.
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The custodial history of the records is undocumented.
Papers of Frederick R. Hess, 1967-1984. MC-48, "Folder Name." Data Library and Archives, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The papers were received from Ocean Engineering on January 19, 1987, and were stored as boxes 205 and 206.
First-level processing completed by Rosemary Davis.
Open: materials are available for research.
Copyright: Permission to publish material from the collection must be authorized by the Institution Archivist.
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Arranged in a single series:
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|Subject Files 1967-1984 1 box (1.25 lin. ft.)|
|Scope and Content Note|
|The series consists of Frederick R. Hess’s personal notebooks, correspondence, scientific notes, plots, and photographs.|
|Folders are arranged in the order in which they were received.|
|2||“Project ADD”||May 1967|
|3||Computation Book – A. Bowen (?)|
|4||Notebook – Personal – F. R. Hess|
|5||Notebook – Consulting|
|6||System Calibration – High Frequency Profiles|
|7||Auto Depth, Operation, etc.|
|9||ADD – Automatic Digital Depth|
|10||Dictaphone – BATS notebook|
|11||BATS (May 27, 1975); rebuild for NADC (August 31, 1976)||1975-1976|
|12||Remotely Piloted Vehicle Project||November 1975|
|14||Profiler System Paper|
|19||Loran C Buoy Rebroadcast|
|20||LORLOC Progress and Proposal|
|21||Buoy Physical Drawings|
|24||ABSS – 83 Site Review Slides|
|25||Current Edit Copies|
|27||Drawing – Oceanus Ship Ring||1978|
|28||D. Aubrey Surf System||1981-1983|
|29||Hebble Site Review|
|30||Data on Film|
|34||Articles/Publications by Hess|
|35||Letter to ONR: Robert Obrochte||1984|
|40||Notebook – Calls|
|41||Notebook – not labeled|
|42||Notebook||February 1979-February 1982|
|43||General Notebook||February 5, 1982-|
|44||General Notebook||August 23, 1976-February 15, 1979|