Charles A. Whitten (1910–1994)


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Charles Arthur Whitten, who in 1980 received AGU's most distinguished honor—the Bowie Medal—for outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and unselfish cooperation in research, died of cancer on July 12. During his long service to AGU, he was general secretary from 1964–1974.

Whitten was an eminent geodesist known for his pioneering work in the use of large-scale computers for geodetic adjustments and his research in crustal movements. He gained a reputation as a leader in geodetic research and operations in the United States at the Coast and Geodetic Survey, where he worked from 1930 until his retirement in 1972.