John Swallow (1923”1994)



John Swallow passed away on December 3, 1994, at his home in Gunnislake, Cornwall, England. His passing has caused a great loss to the field of physical oceanography, and to those doing research in the Indian Ocean in particular. John was one of the original “Friends of the Indian Ocean,” a group dedicated to the basin and its physical oceanography. His extensive work throughout the basin, beginning in the 1960s in the International Indian Ocean Expedition, continuing through the Indian Ocean Experiment program in 1979, and extending into the 1980s and 1990s with research in the western basin with Fritz Schott at the University of Kiel and in the eastern basin with Michele Fieux at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, gave John an unmatched understanding of the complexities of the circulation in this monsoonal region. This understanding made John the number one choice of organizers when a talk on the Indian Ocean was required. Additionally, when cruises and analyses were planned, the doors to John's “cottage” were under constant siege from visiting oceanographers seeking his input.