Russ E. Davis, PhD

Title: Oceanographer, Educator

Location: Del Mar, California, United States

Russ Davis, Oceanographer and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in oceanography.

Dr. Davis was lured to his profession because he found it engaging and fun. Though all of his degrees are in chemical engineering, once oceanography came on his radar, he knew it he was destined to work in that field. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1963, and a Master of Science and PhD from Stanford University in 1967. He began working as an assistant research geophysicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1967 and in 1969 accepted the role of professor of oceanography at the institution. He remained in this post until 2000. During his time in this venture, he served as the Chairman of Ocean Research from 1979 to 1983. Since 2000, Dr. Davis has provided his services as a research oceanographer with the institute.

Dr. Davis is proud of one of his inventions called “an autonomous profiling float,” which means that it floats around in the ocean for years and it profiles the ocean up and down to measure things at different depths and drift with the water. Every few days it would come to the surface and tell where it was and then go down and drift again. When Dr. Davis created this, it turned out that it had become quite important to oceanographers. There is now an international program that has 3,500 of these things floating around in the world right now. In effect, they also served as the weather bulletins of the ocean similar to weather balloons. People insert the measurements all over the globe and in models to see how the ocean is moving. It is primarily limited to how many times it can go up and down. Autonomous Lagrangian circulation explorers, now called ARGO floats, were named after the program that uses them. Furthermore, Dr. Davis has advised 11 successful PhD students and holds multiple patents in the field. He has received the Maurice Ewing Medal from the American Geophysical Union, the Henry Stommel Medal and the A.G. Huntsman Award. In his career, Dr. Davis was named a David Packard Distinguished Lecturer and has received the Prince Albert I Gold Medal from the International Association for the Physical Science of the Oceans.

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