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Dr. Spilhaus Biography Events in Twin Cities

Sharon Moen, science writer with Minnesota Sea Grant, will be in the Twin Cities on July 21 and 22, 2016, to share stories about the colorful Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus from the new biography, With Tomorrow in Mind: How Athelstan Spilhaus Turned America Toward the Future. The biography profiles a man that some called a "gadfly" and others "the flywheel of the machine of American science."

Moen will speak about Dr. Spilhaus and read excerpts from her book at Subtext Books, 6 West 5th Street, St. Paul, on July 21 and at Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 2nd St. NE, Minneapolis, on July 22. Both events are free and begin at 7 p.m.

"Spilhaus is an inspiration for our time," said Moen. "Over the seven years that it took to bring With Tomorrow in Mind to press, I become keenly aware of what many others grasped before and what a generation could be poised to forget: Spilhaus was genius, the 'ocean community's Michelangelo.'"

The biography spans an era of history that includes WWII, the "Roswell Incident" and the space race ... and "Spilly," as he was known, had a hand in all of it. He was an oceanographer, educator, inventor, diplomat, artist and visionary. While serving as Dean of the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota, Spilhaus invented the Minneapolis and St. Paul skyway systems and served as the first U.S. representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Posted on July 12, 2016

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