Anton Frederik Bruun

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Anton Frederik Bruun
Born(1901-12-14)14 December 1901
Jelling, Denmark
Died13 December 1961(1961-12-13) (aged 59)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Resting placeMariebjerg Cemetery, Copenhagen (unmarked grave)
Alma materUniversity of Copenhagen
Scientific career
FieldsOceanography, Ichthyology
InstitutionsUniversity of Copenhagen

Anton Frederik Bruun (14 December 1901 – 13 December 1961) was a Danish oceanographer and ichthyologist.

Educated at University of Copenhagen (1926) and employed at the Danish Commission for Marine Research (Kommissionen for Danmarks Fiskeri- og Havundersøgelser), where he participated in the third Dana Expedition (1928-1930). From 1938 employed at the Zoological Museum of Copenhagen University. In 1945-46 scientific leader of the Atlantide expedition along the coast of West Africa and in 1950-1952 scientific leader of the Galathea deep-sea expedition, which circumnavigated the world.

He became the first president of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, under UNESCO and was a leading figure in establishing international organisations for the exploration of the seas.

The R/V Anton Bruun (former US presidential yacht USS Williamsburg) was named after him, as was the underwater bioacoustic research facility "Station Oceanographique Anton Bruun", in Strib, Denmark (1962-1983).

The Anton Bruun Medal is awarded every second year by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at its biannual Assembly.

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