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WALTER MUNK: La Jolla celebrates centennial of ‘The Einstein of the Oceans’ on Oct. 19

WALTER MUNK: La Jolla celebrates centennial of ‘The Einstein of the Oceans’ on Oct. 19

One of the most illustrious of the more than 72,000 centenarians in America today is oceanographer, geophysicist and longtime La Jollan Walter H. Munk, who celebrates his 100th birthday Oct. 19.

Often referred to as “The Einstein of the Oceans,” Munk is a mainstay of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and considered the world’s greatest living oceanographer. So there will be many centennial celebrations, starting with the dedication of La Jolla Shores Boardwalk, now officially named Walter Munk Way (3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Kellogg Park).

His actual birthday has been declared “Walter Munk Day,” in the City of San Diego, and visitors to Birch Aquarium are invited to join...

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