The 100th birthday celebration of famed oceanographer Walter Munk’s continued today with a Centennial Conversation between the beloved scientist and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, who also has a long history of oceanographic research and conservation. The two discussed exploring the seas and the importance of research in advancing our knowledge and protecting our planet. Chancellor Khosla welcomed the audience to the event by applauding the bold and adventurous scientific leadership that has propelled our society forward, specifically acknowledging the contributions of Walter Munk and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II.
The Chancellor conveyed what an honor it has been to get to know Walter Munk, sharing an anecdote about one occassion when Munk wanted to make a correction to a paper he wrote 40 years ago, emphasizing his passion to keep learning and advancing knowledge. He then talked about what an honor it is to have Prince Albert II back on campus, pointing out that His Serene Highness is only the second person ever to have received the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Roger Revelle Prize, which he was awarded in 2009 for his efforts to raise environmental awareness and advance scientific understanding of our planet.