Catherine Musemeche — Mary Sears and the Race to Solve the Ocean in World War II
Mary Sears and the Race to Solve the Ocean in World War II
This session introduces Woods Hole oceanographer Mary Sears who joined the WAVES in World War II and went to work in the Naval Hydrographic Office researching and compiling oceanographic intelligence for the Pacific Campaign of World War II. Sears reports, compiled at a time when naval oceanography was just coming of age, provided valuable direction to the United States Navy at a time when the United States was engaging in large-scale amphibious warfare for the first time.
[Recorded on August 12, 2023]
Dr. Catherine “Kate” Musemeche is a graduate of the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas and the University of Texas School of Law. She has been a pediatric surgeon for more than three decades. Musemeche’s first book, Small, was longlisted for the E.O. Wilson/Pen American Literary Science Award and was awarded the Texas Writer’s League Discovery Prize for Nonfiction in 2015. Her second book, Hurt, was named one of the top ten EMS books of the decade. She has also contributed to Smithsonian Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times’ “Motherlode” blog, KevinMD.com, Creative Nonfiction magazine and EMS World. She lives in Austin, Texas.