Gerhard Neumann paper by Walter Munk, who had written about a criti- 1911-1996 cal wind speed over the oceans. Published in 1951 in the Deutsche Hydrographische Zeitschrift, it had the title Gibt es eine "kritische" Windgeschwindigkeit Gerhar d Neumann fuer die Grenzflaeche Wasser-Luft? Munk told every- died on 20 August 1996 in one that he no longer believed in it, but it took a long Yonkers, New York. He time before discussion of the subject ceased. was born on 26 June 1911 at Insterburg, Germany. Bernhard Haurwitz, who was the chairman of the He had lived in Hastings Department of Meteorology and Oceanography, in- on Hudson, New York, vited Neumann to come to New York University for 32 years. (NYU) in 1951 as a visiting associate professor. He His lifelong career as a stayed at NYU for 22 years, becoming a professor in physical oceanographer 1954. During that period, he was the coauthor of Hy- drographic Office Publication No. 603, Practical began as a child when he Methods for Observing and Forecasting Ocean Waves first traveled with his mother Emma to the Baltic Sea. by Means of Wave Spectra and Statistics. This was At the age of 17, he
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