Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 32 Issue 01

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Volume 32, No. 1
Pages 22 - 23

In Memoriam: Walter Munk (1917–2019) and Gustaf Arrhenius (1922–2019)

Holly Given Robert Monroe
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Two pioneers of scientific ocean drilling, Walter Heinrich Munk and Gustaf Olaf Svante Arrhenius, passed away in February 2019. As colleagues at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, Munk and Arrhenius both took part in the 1961 feasibility test for Project Mohole aboard the drilling platform CUSS I (Figure 1), which marked retrieval of the first cores of oceanic crust aided by the new invention of dynamic positioning.


Given, H., and R. Monroe. 2019. In memoriam: Walter Munk (1917–2019) and Gustaf Arrhenius (1922–2019). Oceanography 32(1):22–23, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2019.111.