San Diego physicist Edward A. Frieman was named director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography by the regents of the University of California at their meeting in Los Angeles Friday.
Frieman, executive vice president of Science Applications International Corp. in La Jolla, a predominantly military-oriented high-technology firm, will become the eighth director of Scripps, the renowned marine sciences center that is part of UC San Diego.
Frieman, 60, replaces William A. Nierenberg, who retired earlier this year after serving as director since 1965. Frieman will assume the post on July 1.
Scripps, with an annual budget of $60 million, is the nation's oldest and largest center for teaching and research in the marine sciences. The 83-year-old institution was founded in 1903 and became part of the UC system in 1912. When UC San Diego was established in 1964, Scripps became part of the new campus.