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The "Big Three Confer" aboard the research ship D/V Glomar Challenger. (Left to right); Melvin N.A. Peterson professor of oceanography and who also directed the Deep Sea Drilling Project from Scripps Institution of Oceanography from 1971 to 1986. Ken Brunot the Deep Sea Drilling Project Manager and also William A. Nierenberg who served from 1965 to 1986 as director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and vice chancellor of marine sciences at UCSD. Circa 1968.