Illustration of Walter Munk's work with oceans and planetary dynamics

Crafoord Prize to California Oceanographer

The Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded this year’s Crafoord Prize in Geosciences to oceanographer Walter Munk.

Munk, who was born in Vienna, but is now an American citizen, is at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

In its citation the Academy says Walter Munk is a “person who, in his work of explaining ocean circulation, tides and waves, and their role in our planet’s dynamics, moved in the absolute forefront of science”.

The Swedish Academy of Sciences also awards the annual Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry and Economics. The Crafoord award has been given annually since 1982 for scientific research in areas not covered by the Nobel Prizes. 
The 92-year-old will receive the 560,000 US dollar prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on May 11 in the presence of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf.

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