Famous American Oceanographers

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 1 Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle
Famous As: Marine biologist
Birthdate: August 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gibbstown, New Jersey, U.S.
Sylvia Earle is known for her research on marine algae and she was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Earle held the world record for the deepest untethered dive and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet, in 1998. She also featured in Netflix Original documentary Seaspiracy.

 2 Matthew Fontaine Maury

Matthew Fontaine Maury
Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: January 14, 1806
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Spotsylvania County, Virginia, United States
Died: February 1, 1873

American astronomer, naval officer, oceanographer and author Matthew Fontaine Maury, who first served the United States Navy and then the Confederacy States Navy, made significant contributions in oceanography. His book Physical Geography of the Sea is counted among the first comprehensive books on oceanography. Navies and merchant marines across the world adopted his uniform system of recording oceanographic data.

 3 Marie Tharp

Marie Tharp
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: July 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
Died: August 23, 2006
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 4 Charles Wilkes

Charles Wilkes
Famous As: Naval Officer
Birthdate: April 3, 1798
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 8, 1877

 5 Marcia McNutt

Marcia McNutt
Famous As: Geophysicist
Birthdate: February 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

 6 Walter Munk

Walter Munk
Famous As: Oceanographer
Birthdate: October 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 8, 2019

 7 Charles David Keeling

Charles David Keeling
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: April 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 20, 2005
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 8 Charles J. Moore

Charles J. Moore
Famous As: Oceanographer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 9 Maurice Ewing

Maurice Ewing
Famous As: Geophysicist
Birthdate: May 12, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lockney, Texas, United States
Died: May 4, 1974

 10 Robert S. Dietz

Robert S. Dietz
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: September 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 19, 1995

 11 Henry Stommel

Henry Stommel
Famous As: Oceanographer
Birthdate: September 27, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: January 17, 1992

 12 Bruce C. Heezen

Bruce C. Heezen
Famous As: Geologist, Oceanographer
Birthdate: April 11, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vinton, Iowa, United States
Died: June 21, 1977

 13 Carl-Gustaf Rossby

Carl-Gustaf Rossby
Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: December 28, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 19, 1957

Carl-Gustaf Rossby was a Swedish-born American meteorologist. He played an important role during the Second World War, organizing the training of military meteorologists. Over the course of his career, Carl-Gustaf Rossby was honored with many prestigious awards such as the Applied Meteorology Award from the American Meteorological Society in 1959.

 14 Athelstan Spilhaus

Athelstan Spilhaus
Famous As: Oceonographer
Birthdate: November 25, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Died: March 30, 1998

 15 Peter A. Rona

Peter A. Rona
Famous As: Oceanographer
Birthdate: August 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 20, 2014

 16 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin

Columbus O'Donnell Iselin
Famous As: Oceanographer
Birthdate: September 25, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, United States
Died: January 5, 1971

 17 Richard H. Fleming

Richard H. Fleming
Famous As: Oceanographer
Birthdate: September 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Victoria, Canada
Died: October 25, 1989

 18 Dean Bumpus

Dean Bumpus
Famous As: Oceanographer
Birthdate: May 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 14, 2002