Highlighted news stories and profiles of Walter Munk

Walter Munk’s 100th birthday stirs memories of Scripps golden era

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sept. 1, 2017


La Jolla Shores boardwalk named for esteemed oceanographer, Walter Munk

It’s official. Come October, La Jolla Shores boardwalk will become Walter Munk Way. The city council voted unanimously in favor of honoring the world-famous La Jolla oceanographer, who turns 100 on Oct. 19, by placing signs in the 8100 block of La Vereda Street in La Jolla Shores, near where Munk has lived and worked for 78 years.

July 28, 2017

Walter Munk, the ‘Einstein of the Oceans’

In 1942, with World War II in full swing, a young military scientist learned of the Allies’ plans to invade northwestern Africa by sea to dislodge the nearby Axis forces.

The New York Times
August 24, 2015


‘Somehow, things would just work out’

The next time you slide your surfboard into the ocean, give thanks to Walter Munk. You probably consulted a wave forecast that can be traced back to him.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
July 1, 2016


The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever

Yes, I’m asking a wave to tell me where it was born. Can you do that? Crazily enough, you can. Waves do have birthplaces. Once upon a time, one of the world’s greatest oceanographers asked this very question.

Krulwich Wonders | NPR
July 13, 2014