John Imbrie was born on July 4, 1925, and died on May 13, 2016.
He was an American paleoceanographer.
He was notable for his work on the theory of ice ages.
William Imbrie was his grandfather, an American missionary to Japan.
During World War II served with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy , Imbrie earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.
After that receive a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1951.
John was selected on the National Academy of Sciences in 1978 and was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981.
Imbrie was awarded the Maurice Ewing Medal in 1986 by the AGU and the William H. Twenhofel Medal by the Society for Sedimentary Geology in 1991, the only time the Society has awarded it to a non-member.
Imbrie was on the faculty of the Geological Sciences Department at Brown University from 1967, where he held the Henry L. Doherty chair of Oceanography.
Imbrie later served as the Professor Emeritus at Brown.
John Imbrie was most probably best known as a co-author of the paper in Science in 1976, ‘Variations in the Earth’s orbit: Pacemaker of the ice ages’.
He was featured in the video documentary The Last Ridge: The Uphill Battles of the 10th Mountain Division.
John Imbrie passed away at 90 yrs old.