Definitions for vagn walfrid ekman
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word vagn walfrid ekman
Ekman, Vagn Walfrid Ekman(noun)
Swedish oceanographer who recognized the role of the Coriolis effect on ocean currents (1874-1954)
Vagn Walfrid Ekman
Vagn Walfrid Ekman was a Swedish oceanographer. Born in Stockholm to Fredrik Laurentz Ekman, himself an oceanographer, he became committed to oceanography while studying physics at the University of Uppsala and, in particular, on hearing Vilhelm Bjerknes lecture on fluid dynamics. During the expedition of the Fram, Fridtjof Nansen had observed that icebergs tend to drift not in the direction of the prevailing wind but at an angle of 20°-40° to the right. Bjerknes invited Ekman, still a student, to investigate the problem and, in 1905, Ekman published his theory of the Ekman spiral which explains the phenomenon in terms of the balance between frictional effects in the ocean and the Coriolis force, which arises from moving objects in a rotating environment, like planetary rotation. On completing his doctorate in Uppsala in 1902, Ekman joined the International Laboratory for Oceanographic Research, Oslo where he worked for seven years, not only extending his theoretical work but also developing experimental techniques and instruments such as the Ekman current meter and Ekman water bottle. From 1910 to 1939 he continued his theoretical and experimental work at the University of Lund, where he was professor of mechanics and mathematical physics. He was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1935.
Find a translation for the vagn walfrid ekman definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these vagn walfrid ekman definitions with the community:
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"vagn walfrid ekman." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 20 Oct. 2014. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/vagn walfrid ekman>.