Renowned oceanographer and founder of the University of California, San Diego, Walter Munk died at the age of 101, the university announced Friday.
Munk made groundbreaking discoveries in oceanography and gave the allied forces a strategic advantage in World War II, according to an obituary published by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO).
"Munk's contributions to science throughout the second half of the twentieth century and in the present century were measured not only in terms of the new knowledge that produced his research, but also in the quality and diversity of the questions he considered. A spirit that he expressed throughout his "The race consisted of the scientists taking risks, following new directions and adopting the educational value of failure," said the obituary.
The institution said Munk died at his home in La Jolla.
SIO said that Munk, of Austrian origin, moved to La Jolla in 1939 to pursue a romantic interest. He applied for a summer job at Scripps in 1939 and, although the romance never materialized, he remained in La Jolla, served in the US Army. UU And, finally, he obtained his mastery.
Munk served with Field Artillery 146, 41 Division in Fort Lewis, Washington. He was called by Harald Sverdrup, the then director of Scripps, and returned to Point Loma to work in the Radio and Sound Laboratory of the United States Navy.
He and Sverdrup worked together to develop a way to predict wave conditions for allied amphibious landings in the Pacific and Atlantic war theaters.
"The meteorologists who trained correctly predicted that the wave troops would face the beach in Normandy would be high but manageable," his obituary said.
Munk received a doctorate in oceanography from UCLA after World War II.
Read all of Munk's obituary here.