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Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

One Man, Two Worlds

Historic Cannery Row

 
 
One Man, Two Worlds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
1. One Man, Two Worlds Marker
[Photograph captions; top] Photograph by Bryane Fitch, courtesy of Pat Hathaway, California Views, [bottom left] Photograph of Ed Richettís Pacific Biological Laboratories by Fred Strong, courtesy of Ed Ricketts Jr. and the Monterey Public Library, California History Room, [bottom right] The Edward Ricketts Memorial.
Inscription.
Doc, the legend
John Steinbeck used his close friend and collaborator, Edward Ricketts, as a model for the famous fictional character Doc. In the novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, set in the 1930s and 1940s, the kindly Doc is a gentle, insightful and observant philosopher-scientist who lives and works on the street that has become the world-famous Cannery Row.

Ed Ricketts, the scientist
Ed Ricketts was a serious and dedicated scientist. He researched the tide pools of the West Coast from Canada to Mexico, studying the interrelationships of marine species, and worked to develop an ecological philosophy of life. His book Between Pacific Tides, a pioneering sturdy of intertidal communities originally published in 1939, continues to be used by students of marine biology.

The Edward Ricketts Memorial
A monument to Ed Ricketts stands near Cannery Row, at the intersection of Drake Avenue and Wave Street. There, on the evening of May 8, 1948, while driving across the railroad tracks, Ricketts was struck by a train. He was nearly 51. Devastated by his friendís death, Steinbeck wrote, “There dies the greatest man I have known and the best teacher. It is going to take a long time to reorganize my thinking and my planning without him.”
 
Location.

One Man, Two Worlds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
2. One Man, Two Worlds Marker
36° 37.026′ N, 121° 54.079′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Cannery Row near Bruce Aris Way (Irving Avenue). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 799 Cannery Row, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Real “Docs” (here, next to this marker); A Day in the Canneries (a few steps from this marker); The Spanish Community (a few steps from this marker); The Japanese Community (a few steps from this marker); Ed Rickettsís Backyard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Filipino Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Science (within shouting distance of this marker); Jone Quock Mui (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Monterey.
 
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Also see . . .  Mavericks on Cannery Row - American Scientist. [This webpage is a book review, but it provides much insight into Ed Ricketts.] Beyond the Outer Shores is a new and welcome biography of maverick marine biologist Ed Ricketts. The title refers to Ricketts's name for the rugged coast of the Pacific Northwest, including Vancouver Island, the Queen Charlotte Islands and the islands of southeast
Ed Ricketts's Pacific Biological Labratories image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
3. Ed Ricketts's Pacific Biological Labratories
Alaska, and much of the book focuses on the ecological research he conducted there. The book's author, journalist and conservationist Eric Enno Tamm, grew up in a fishing village in the area. (Submitted on May 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Science & Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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