Marine Institute

Obituary Notice: Walter Munk, World-Renowned Oceanographer, Revered Scientist

February 14, 2019

Walter Munk: 1917-2019. Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San DiegoWalter Munk a world-renowned oceanographer and treasure in ocean science and geophysics died February 8 at his home in La Jolla, California. He was 101.

Dr Peter Heffernan and the staff of the Marine Institute offer their condolences to Munk's family, with fond memories of his visit to thMary Coakley Munk and Walter Munk pictured with Dr Peter Heffernan Ceo of the Marine Institute and Glenn Nolan during their visit to the Marine Institute in 2013. Photo: Cushla Dromgool-Regane Institute in 2013. He has been an inspiration to many who work in oceanography where he inspired and advocated the importance of taking risk, pursuing new directions, and embracing the big ideas that could transform the world.

Working in science for 80 years, Walter Munk made groundbreaking observations of our ocean. His work has transformed peoples understanding of nature including waves, ocean temperature, and tidal energy in the deep ocean, ocean acoustics and the rotation of the earth.

One of the most distinguished and honoured scientists in the world, his accomplishments are many. From advising on the prediction of waves in WW II to supporting American oceanography in anti-submarine warfare, national defense and climate change his life's work will continue to inspire generations across the world and into the future.

His obituary can be found at: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/news/obituary-notice-walter-munk-world-renowned-oceanographer-revered-scientist

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Photo caption:
1. Walter Munk: 1917-2019. Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego
2. Mary Coakley Munk and Walter Munk pictured with Dr Peter Heffernan Ceo of the Marine Institute and Glenn Nolan during their visit to the Marine Institute in 2013. Photo: Cushla Dromgool-Regan