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Charles C. Bates

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Lieutenant Colonel Charles C. Bates, USAF (ret.) after graduation for DePaul University with a degree in geology, he went to work helping to design oil rigs for a company that would later become Exxon.  In 1941, he was drafted into the US Army.  The military sent him to Scripps Institute of Oceanography where he earned a Master’s degree.  According to the DePaul University website, “By June 6, 1944, 1st Lt. Charles C. Bates had evaluated dozens of charts and diagrams, had compared weather forecasts from different spots of the English Channel and had spent hours at the shore watching the waves roll in," recounts the Daily Star. "As a member of the Army in World War II, he specialized in oceanography, forecasting and analyzing sea, surf and swell conditions. Around 3 a.m. that day, he entered the underground war room at the Admiralty Forecast Center in the London Citadel and saw British captains and commanders jumping around like teenagers. He knew then his work had paid off.”

According to, “In 1960, Dr. Bates joined the Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense as chief of the Underground Nuclear Test Detection Branch (Project VELA Uniform). During the next five years, he directed the most massive effort in applied geophysics that America has yet mounted. In the words of Dr. Harold Brown, the past Secretary of Defense, he "...created an essentially new field of seismology, more vigorous and more intellectually exciting than the old seismology." Some of these results were summarized in the 1964 VELA Uniform series published in Geophysics. During these years, he was able to forge strong links between government and industry that provided the foundation upon which today's active cooperation is based.”

Lieutenant Colonel Charles C. Bates is the author of Hydro to Navoceano: 175 Years of Ocean Survey and Prediction by the U.S. Navy and Future Trends in Transporting Methanol via the Marine Mode.  He is also a co-author of Geophysics in the Affairs of Mankind and America's Weather Warriors, 1814-1985.

The MOAA said of Hydro to Navoceano: 175 Years of Ocean Survey and Prediction by the U.S. Navy, “This candid narrative describes the complex interplay leading to today’s state of the art in military hydrography, oceanography, and geophysics at what is now the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO). Included are many sea stories by those who worked during wars both “hot” and “cold” form the Equator to the Poles.”

Geophysics in the Affairs of Mankind
L.C. (Lee) Lawyer  More Info
America's Weather Warriors, 1814-1985
Charles C. Bates  More Info

Hydro to Navoceano
Charles Bates  More Info
Future trends in transporting methanol via the marine mode
Charles C Bates  More Info

According to the book description of Geophysics in the Affairs of Mankind, “This personalized narrative is both a technical and economic history showing how exploration geophysics evolved from simple scientific beginnings into a sophisticated science impacting civilization in diverse ways. It presents geophysics as an intriguing scientific and technical field full of sharp contrasts, revealing it as an unusual blend of the theoretical and the practical, the laboratory and the field, the nonprofit effort and the profit-making venture, a cornerstone of peace and an implement of war. Written by members of the profession well acquainted with many of the key actions and players, this book describes intriguing developments and applications that took place within three interrelated fields of earth physics-exploration geophysics, seismology, and oceanography-during the never-ending search for oil and natural gas. Stressing challenge and change, this chronicle is bracketed by two major flex points in Western civilization-the initial waging of deadly global war (1914-18) and the conclusion in the 1990s of the Cold War that threatened civilization with nuclear annihilation. It is a complex story of people and events that highlights the emergence of major industries on the international scene. The book is must reading for all practicing earth scientists and their families, investors in the industry, and people interested in economic geology, public and world affairs, military warfare, the history of science and technology, environmental sciences, and even outdoor adventure.”