Ewing, William Maurice
Dr. William Maurice Ewing (1906-1974) was one of the leading oceanographers of the 20th century. His work on behalf of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s exploring the North Atlantic inadvertently gave an impetus to the theory of Atlantis being located in the Atlantic. His discovery of sandy ‘beaches’ at a depth of two miles and rocks normally associated with the continental crust, sial, led to speculation that this was evidence of a large sunken landmass. Ewing was not known as a believer in Atlantis and never entered the debate. Coincidentally, the Woods Hole research vessel was named Atlantis.