The Prince Albert I Medal

Prince Albert I Medal recipient 2001

Dr. Walter Munk, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Dr Walter Munk Professor Munk is arguably the most distinguished living oceanographer and one of founding fathers of modern Physical Oceanography. His innumerable contributions to our field are milestones in the evolution of Physical Oceanography during the last fifty years. Prof. Munk is a member of all the major scientific societies, including the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of London. He has received more than twenty among national and international medals and awards, including the National Medal of Science in 1983 from President Reagan. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences from the Inamori Foundation in Japan. No better scientist could have been chosen as the first recipient of the Prince Albert I Gold Medal.