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Walter Munk
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Munk in 1956.
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Walter Heinrich Munk

(1917-10-19)October 19, 1917
Died February 8, 2019(2019-02-08) (aged 101)
Nationality USA
Alma mater California Institute of Technology (BS,MS)
Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, Los Angeles (PhD)
Awards Maurice Ewing Medal (1976)
Alexander Agassiz Medal (1976)
National Medal of Science (1985)
Bakerian Lecture (1986)
William Bowie Medal (1989)
Vetlesen Prize (1993)
Kyoto Prize (1999)
Prince Albert I Medal (2001)
Crafoord Prize (2010)
Scientific career
Fields Oceanography, geophysics
Thesis Increase in the period of waves traveling over large distances : with applications to tsunamis, swell, and seismic surface waves (1946)
Doctoral advisor Harald Ulrik Sverdrup
Doctoral students Charles Shipley Cox

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.

Munk turned 100 in October 2017. He died on February 8, 2019, at La Jolla, California. He was 101.

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