Walter Munk

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Walter Munk in Stockholm, May 2010.

Walter Heinrich Munk (October 19, 1917 – February 8, 2019) was an Austrian-born American physical oceanographer. He was professor of geophysics emeritus and held the Secretary of the Navy/Chief of Naval Operations Oceanography Chair at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has won awards such as Alexander Agassiz Medal (1977), National Medal of Science (1985), William Bowie Medal (1989), Vetlesen Prize (1993), Kyoto Prize (1999) and Crafoord Prize (2010).

Munk was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary to a Jewish family. He was sent to a boys' preparatory school in upper New York state in 1932.[1]

Munk turned 100 in October 2017.[2] He died on February 8, 2019, at La Jolla, California, aged 101.[3]

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  1. "Walter Munk". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  2. "Walter Munk, known as the 'Einstein of the ocean,' has turned 100". October 19, 2017.
  3. "Obituary Notice: Walter Munk, World-Renowned Oceanographer, Revered Scientist". Scripps Institution of Oceanography. February 8, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2019.

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