Professor of Physical Oceanography
Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
Physical Oceanography Research Division

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William Young is a professor of physical oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He is associated with the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) and the Climate, Atmospheric Science and the Physical Oceanography  Division at Scripps. His research focuses on geophysical fluid dynamics and dynamical oceanography. Born in Brisbane, Australia, Young received a B.Sc. with first-class honors in theoretical physics and an M.Sc. in applied mathematics, both from the Australian National University. He received a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology–Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. He came to Scripps as a postdoctoral researcher in 1982.

Young is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) , the American Meteorological Society and the National Academy of Sciences. He received the University Medal in Theoretical Physics from the Australian National University, the Carl-Gustav Rossby Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and, AGU’s James B. Macelwane Award, which recognizes significant contributions to the geophysical sciences by an outstanding young scientist. He has served as associate editor of the Journal of Marine Research, the  Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics Research.

Last updated July 2006