Robert Pinkel

Robert Pinkel

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Location: Del Mar, California, United States

Robert Pinkel, professor emeritus at the UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in environmental monitoring and environmental science.

Renowned for his groundbreaking research, Dr. Pinkel’s research interests include the energy cascade in the ocean, the space-time geography of ocean mixing, oceanic internal waves, wave generation and wave breaking. Moreover, he has extensively studied arctic and tropical oceanography and zooplankton interaction with the physical environment and has pioneered ocean observation techniques, instrumentation and sensors. He initially obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 1968 prior to earning a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California San Diego in 1974. He began his tenure with the UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1975 by accepting a position as an assistant research oceanographer. In 1980, Dr. Pinkel was promoted to the position of an assistant professor and subsequently advanced to become an associate professor in 1983 and a full professor in 1987.

For nearly 30 years thereafter, Dr. Pinkel taught courses of applied ocean science and physical oceanography within the Marine Physical Laboratory before achieving emeritus status in 2015. He has contributed to the development of Doppler sonar systems in oceanographic research, as well as observations regarding internal waves and fine-scale motions in the Arctic, mid-latitude and equatorial oceans. Throughout his career, he has contributed to a multitude of articles to the Journal of Physical Oceanography, notably including his research pertaining to new theories of the statistical description of how the upper ocean works. For his contributions in the field, he is honored to have been presented with the Walter Munk Award from the Oceanography Society and the Henry Stommel Award from the American Meteorological Society. Furthermore, Dr. Pinkel is recognized as a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union.

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