Maurice Ewing was born in Texas in 1906. He had all his collegiate and university training at Rice University, where he received the doctorate in physics in 1931.
He first taught at Pittsburgh and Lehigh Universities in the days when research grants were few, small, and hard to come by. He was able, though, to wangle some support for seismic profiling of the Coastal Plain, with fascinating but tantalizing results. What does the continental shelf look like?