Bé, Allan W.H., 1921-1983

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Biographical History

Allan W. H. Bé (1921-1983) was a marine invertebrate zoologist who spent much of his career at the Lamont Geological Observatory at Columbia University studying plankton. He was largely influential in the field of micropaleontology, especially in planktonic foraminiferal ecology. He also designed oceanographic equipment among which was the Bé net, a square frame with up to four nets, each net opens and closes at depth. The Bé net was easy to use and very reliable. About 4,000 samples were taken with it in the Southern Ocean. Bé was also influential at the National Science Foundation helping to design the U.S. efforts to sample the Southern Ocean (U.S. Antarctic Research Program) and the Indian Ocean (International Indian Ocean Expedition). Be died on October 13, 1983 at the age of 52.


Ruddimann, W. A. Allan W. H. Bé: An Appreciation.Micropaleontology, Vol. 30, No. 1 (1984), pp. 116-119. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/1485459. Accessed: 06/10/2010 13:52.

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Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory: He worked at the the Lamont Geological Observatory at Columbia University.

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  • Zoology
  • Marine invertebrate zoologists


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  • Marine invertebrate zoologists
  • Zoologists