Norman Haskell

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Norman Abraham Haskell (1905-1970), was an American geophysicist

Starting his graduate work on measuring the viscosity of the mantle,[1] Haskell made major contributions to geophysics over a career that lasted nearly 40 years.

Other of his contributions included the formulation of a matrix method for propagating waves in a layered medium and development of the simple mathematical description of earthquake sources that allows their durations to be studied using seismic waves. He also used seismology to monitor nuclear testing.[2]


He and his wife, Rose, had a son, Peter (1934-2010), who became an actor.


  1. ^ Haskell, N.A., The Motion of Viscous Fluid Under a Surface Load, Physics, 6, pp. 265-69, 1935
  2. ^ Thomson, K.C., Memorial: Norman A. Haskell (1905-1970) Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 61, pp. 221-23, 1971