Henry Melson Stommel Medal Award Recipients
July 9, 2000
Source: Media Relations
February 15, 1994
Dr. Swallow is perhaps best known in the ocean science community for the invention and development of the neutrally buoyant float, called the "Swallow float," in the 1950s and its applications to deep-water circulation studies. He used the float to identify the Deep Western Boundary Currents off New England that had been predicted by Henry Stommel, then went on to search for the predicted slow poleward return flow in the ocean interior.