Walter Munk, scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, has been called the world’s greatest living oceanographer.
Walter turns 100 this October, the university celebrates not just Walter’s lifetime of achievements but the spirit that he embodies. >>More

Upcoming events honoring Walter Munk’s centennial year

Documentary Screening

October 7, 2017
Airing as part of the San Diego International Film Festival, this documentary explores Walter Munk’s career — and his quest to see a Mobula munkiana, the endangered Ray that marine biologist Giuseppe Notarbartolo named in his honor. Q&A following screening with filmmakers Eliana Alvarez Martinez and Leah Goudsmit

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Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
The City of San Diego is proud to recognize Walter Munk by naming the La Jolla Shores boardwalk in his honor as he celebrates his 100th birthday.

Please join in the celebration as San Diego City Councilmember Barbara Bry, State Assemblymember Todd Gloria, California State Senator Toni Atkins and UC San Diego officially dedicate Walter Munk Way.



Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Visitors of Birch Aquarium at Scripps will receive complimentary cupcakes in honor of Munk’s 100th birthday, and Walter Munk will join the festivities at the aquarium at 2:00 p.m. Free for members, and included with admission.

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Public Tours

Sat., Oct. 21, 2017
This special edition of the public tour of Scripps Oceanography will focus on the highlights of Walter Munk’s scientific career, and include a rare tour of the Munk Lab at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics. Free and open to the public, with tours at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

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