Ritter Memorial Fellowship
The Ritter Memorial Fellowship is an international research fellowship that encourages scholarship in the history of marine science. This award is presented biennially by Scripps Institution of Oceanography to historians, scientists, or other scholars whose research enlarges and deepens the understanding of the history of earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences. During a recipient's tenure he or she interacts with Scripps scientists and historians, and presents lectures to the academic community and the public. This fellowship was created to honor the memory of the founder and first director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, William E. Ritter, and his wife, Mary Bennett Ritter. The establishment of Scripps is often attributed to the courage and determination of William E. Ritter, a man whose motto was "Neglect nothing." A professor of zoology at the Berkeley campus of the University of California when he established Scripps in 1903, Ritter professed a balanced and holistic view of nature, based on a deep interest in philosophy as well as biology, physical science, and mathematics. He was inspired by, in his words, "the vast scale on which things are done in the ocean, and the literally infinite complexity of cause and law there in operation." The Ritter Memorial Fellowship consists of research funds for the further pursuit of academic excellence and an honorarium.