History

Ellen Browning Scripps

Ellen Browning Scripps

In 1903, members of the Scripps family and other community leaders chartered the Marine Biological Association of San Diego, building its first laboratory in La Jolla in 1905.

The marine lab was renamed the Scripps Institution for Biological Research and became part of the University of California in 1912. The UC Regents changed the name to Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1925 in recognition of the breadth of research underway at the institution.

In 1960, the Regents established a San Diego campus of the University of California and Scripps became part of the University of California, San Diego.

Since its founding, the institution has expanded its scope to include studies of the physics, chemistry, geology, biology, and climate of the earth. Hundreds of research programs are underway today in a wide range of scientific areas on every continent and in every ocean.

Visit our timeline to learn more about  the history of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Read about Scripps's Key Scientific Discoveries and Accomplishments.

Highlights from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives

To access additional histories, biographies, reports, historical films and audio clips, visit the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives.