1982 Bowie Medalist: Henry Stommel


  • Walter H. Munk


When Curt Collins asked me to present the citation for the award of the 1982 Bowie Medal, my immediate response was: can he deliver the medalist? Henry Stommel is not known for his attendance at large meetings, nor can I believe that the acceptance of public honors is one of his favorite pastimes.

My job is made easier by the recent volume ‘Scientific Surveys in Honor of Henry Stommel’ put together by Bruce Warren and Carl Wunsch. Arons has summarized Hank's scientific work, and there are personal notes by Montgomery, Deacon, and Fuglister that I have greatly enjoyed.