Arts / Science, La Jolla
La Jolla is known as much for its cultural focus as for its beaches so you might want to visit many of the city's galleries, the Museum of Contemporary Art and one of the finest art festivals in the United States, the annual Festival of the the Arts and Food Faire. As you travel the California coast and enjoy an abundance of fine art, don't be surprised if you see the names of some of your favorites showing at the annual La Jolla festival.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography's main campus consists of 180 acres in La Jolla.
Before moving to its present location in 1910, Scripps had been housed first in the boathouse of the Hotel Del Coronado (1903-04), which you can see on my Coronado Restaurants page and then in a small laboratory building near La Jolla Cove (1905-1909.)
Scripps became part of the University of California in 1912, and today it is a division of the University of California, San Diego.
The Scripps Building was renovated in 1983 and designated a National Landmark.
A number of scientific programs are on-going and of world wide interest. The Scripps Marine Vertebrate Collection is one of the largest collections in the world with more than 2,000,000 specimens including rare deep-sea fishes. The Analytical Facility provides highly sophisticated equipment for use by scientists at Scripps, at UC San Diego, and, as time permits, the local high tech community.
The first Scripps Pier was a gift from Ellen Browning Scripps originally built in 1913. The current pier, pictured here, was built in 1988 when the original was badly damaged by storms in 1983. At more than 1100 feet long, it is one of the world's biggest research piers.
On the top of a hill overlooking the main Scripps campus is the Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum. Some may be a little disappointed in this museum, as it is not as entertaining as one might expect. Rather it is designed for visitors to experience marine life of the Pacific and to learn about ocean science. It is the largest oceanographic museum in the country and offers a wide variety of educational programs and trips throughout the year.
Check out Script Tours if this facility interests you.
Information was obtained from the main page of SIO.
Jonas Salk was the scientist credited with producing the Polio Vaccine. The disease was said to have 45,000 cases in the years prior to Salk's vaccine and just 910 after his vaccine was available. Salk didn't profit from the vaccine or patent it. Instead he gave it away so it would be as widely distributed as possible.
He gained much fame from his Vaccine and used that fame to create a research institute. He looked all over the country for a suitable location, but settled on San Diego. The city of San Diego and then Mayor Charles Dail donated the 27 acre site to Salk and the funding for the project was provided by the March of Dimes Foundation.
Acting first as the director of the institute, Salk continued his work on refining the Polio Vaccine and many others as well as building one leading research institutions in the world.
Jonas Salk died at age 80 on June 23, 1995 and a memorial has been engraved into one of the travertine marble slabs reading "Hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality."