MTS and Walter Munk Foundation Sponsor New Award and Commemorative Lecture

May 30, 2019

Oceanographer Walter Munk was renowned for his significant contributions to the study of oceanography, including pioneering work on predicting wave and surf conditions, underwater sound propagation, internal waves, and development of acoustic tomography.

Munk authored more than 200 scientific research papers from 1941 (“internal waves in the Gulf of California” in the journal of marine research.) to his last publication, 2015’s “multipurpose acoustic networks in the integrated arctic ocean observing system,” which was published in the Arctic Journal.

He received distinctions, just a few of which include being awarded the President’s National Medal of Science, the 1999 Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences for contributions to the field of oceanography, the inaugural recipient of the Prince Albert I Medal in the physical sciences of the oceans, and the 2010 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The Walter Munk Scholar Award is jointly sponsored and awarded by the Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans (WMFO) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS).  The Award is presented annually to a scholar currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral program. It recognizes their outstanding contributions in areas fostered by the sponsoring organizations.

Established in 2019, the Award honors Walter Munk’s legacy of daring exploration and discovery through ocean science and technology research, and ocean education and conservation.

The inaugural award will be presented at OCEANS 2019 Marseille, France, in June, 2019.


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