H.W. Menard 1920”1986
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 67, Issue 18, pages 441–446, 6 May 1986
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1986), H.W. Menard 1920”1986, Eos Trans. AGU, 67(18), 441–446, doi:10.1029/EO067i018p00441-01.(
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A photograph of Bill Menard was on the cover of the January 7, 1986, issue of Eos, and on pages 8 and 9 of that issue, Marcia McNutt's citation in presenting the 1985 Bowie Medal and Bill's response were published. Only a month later, on February 9, Bill died of cancer. Today we remember in joy and sorrow the life of our friend: joy because he was able to do so much and live so intensely throughout the 40 years of his career as a seagoing scientist, and sorrow because we miss his warm, loving presence.
Bill was an explorer, a scientist, a scholar, and a poet. He had the seeing eye, the powerful imagination, and the hard-working energy that are necessary to be either a scientist or a poet or, as in his case, both. He was a scholar because unlike many scientists, he was self-conscious and introspective about his science. Consequently, he was interested not only in the discovery of new scientific facts and the development of hypotheses to explain them but also in the history of his science, the individuals living and dead who had contributed to it, and the romance and adventure of life as a scientific sailor. His book Anatomy of an Expedition (McGraw-Hill, 1969) and his manuscript, about to be published by Princeton University Press, called Ocean of Truth are both poetic evocations of an oceanographer's life at sea and on the beach. In all that he did, he was generous to his colleagues and honest with them and with himself.