Chris Garrett


Expert on rogue waves and ocean tides

"Kids who are good at math often think of physics as something that’s unconnected with problems facing society. But studying the 'environmental physics' of the ocean, atmosphere, and renewable energy is one way of combining intellectual challenge with societal relevance. You really can combine your love of mathematics with doing something useful in the world."


Bude, England

Victoria, BC

Family Members
  • Spouse: Elizabeth
  • Children: Timothy and Susannah

Favorite Music
“Four Last Songs” by Richard Strauss

Other Interests
Gardening, sea kayaking and swimming. He also enjoys cryptic crossword puzzles and getting around by bicycle.

Professor emeritus

University of Victoria


  • B.A. Mathematics, University of Cambridge 1965
  • Ph.D. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, University of Cambridge 1968

  • J.P. Tully Medal in Oceanography, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 2008
  • Chairman’s Award for Career Achievement, British Columbia Innovation Council, 2008
  • Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Sciences, 2006
  • American Meteorological Society Fellow, 2003
  • Henry Stommel Research Award, American Meteorological Society, 2001
  • Royal Society of London Fellow, 1993
  • American Geophysical Union Fellow, 1992
  • A.G. Huntsman Award, 1982,
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1981
  • President’s Prize, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 1979
  • Royal Society of Canada Fellow, 1977
  • Steacie Memorial Fellow, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, 1977
  • Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge 1967


Garrett’s Ph.D. thesis supervisor was Francis Bretherton. His postdoctoral advisors were Bob Stewart at the University of British Columbia, and Walter Munk at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Last Updated
March 11, 2011


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