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James R. Luyten (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


James R. Luyten is currently Director of the Red Sea Science and Engineering Research Center of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and Director Emeritus of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  He was Acting President and Director of the Institution between July 2006 and February 2008. He previously held a series of administrative positions, including Executive Vice President and Director of Research, and Chair of the WHOI Physical Oceanography Department.  He joined the Institution in 1968 as a summer fellow in geophysical fluid dynamics and was appointed to the scientific staff as an assistant scientist in 1971, progressing through the rank to Senior Scientist.  His area of research is the observation and modeling of ocean currents, including the general circulation of the North Atlantic, the Gulf Stream, and equatorial current systems. 

Dr. Luyten holds an AB degree from Reed College in chemistry and physics and, from Harvard University, a master’s degree in physics and a PhD degree in chemical physics.

Last updated: September 12, 2008

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