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J. Lamar Worzel dies at 89; Columbia University physicist

J. Lamar Worzel, the Columbia University physicist who used the emerging science of acoustics to explore the ocean floor, help American submarines evade their enemies and track Russian submarines during the Cold War, died of a heart attack Dec. 26 at his home in Wilmington, N.C. He was 89. A talented improviser, Worzel used objects from the home and laboratory to piece together instruments that did not yet exist, demonstrating their value and paving the way for the development of far more sophisticated tools. With his longtime boss and colleague, William Maurice Ewing, he helped found Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a preeminent geophysical research center, and began...