Lynch Wins Munk Award from Oceanography Society


Adjunct Professor James Lynch (ME)
Adjunct Professor James Lynch (ME)

The Oceanography Society has awarded Adjunct Professor James Lynch (ME) its Walter Munk Award in recognition of his work related to the sound and the sea.

The Walter Munk Award is granted jointly by The Oceanography Society, the Office of Naval Research and the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy. According to the society, recipients are selected based on their significant original contributions to the understanding of physical ocean processes related to sound in the sea; significant original contributions to the application of acoustic methods to that understanding; and their outstanding service that fosters research in ocean science and instrumentation contributing to the above.

Lynch was selected for his work in ocean acoustics and acoustical oceanography, physical oceanography, marine geology and marine biology.

“As someone who has worked with and gone to sea with Walter Munk, this is a great honor,” Lynch said. “He is a wonderful scientist and colleague, and a real inspiration to the rest of us.”

Lynch joined Boston University in 2007. In addition to his duties at the College of Engineering, he holds the position of Senior Scientist and Chairman of the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he has worked since 1981. His research at the institution has included shallow water acoustics, arctic acoustics, acoustic tomography and the study of high frequency backscatter from underwater particles.

He will be honored by the Oceanography Society at an event in San Antonio, Texas in October.

Lynch is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Stevens Institute of Technology and his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin.