I am very sad to report to you on the passing of Peter Rona. He was a superb scientist, pioneer and a real gentleman. Dean Richard Lutz summarizes below what an extraordinary person he was. We all have benefited from him entering our lives. He will be sorely missed.
It is with deep sadness that I relay that our dear colleague Peter Rona has passed away. Peter was a treasured friend of over 40 years and one of the finest and most honorable gentlemen I have known. His contributions to deep-sea science have been immense, from the first discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic to pivotal roles in the production of the Rutgers-sponsored film “Volcanoes of the Deep Sea” that has been viewed by over 165 million individuals worldwide. Peter’s publications include over 250 scientific papers and five edited books. He was the recipient of the Shepard Medal for Excellence in Marine Geology, the Pettersson Bronze Medal of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal for exceptional scientific contributions to the nation. We have lost one of the true giants in the field and he will be sorely missed.
Click here for an obituary for Peter Rona written by Bill Broad that appeared in the Science section of the New York Times.
Richard A. Lutz
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences