Walter H. Munk is a professor of geophysics in the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. His research includes physical oceanography and geophysics leading to the understanding of ocean currents and circulation, tides, wave propagation in solid and fluid bodies, and the rotation of the Earth. He pioneered the use of high-speed computers for analyzing geophysical data. Munk has been honored with many prestigious prizes and medals the world over. He is a member or fellow of more than a dozen professional societies. He serves on many university, national, and international committees. He is a member of JASON, a prestigious panel of military advisors. He has written more than 200 scientific papers.