George Maul, former Florida Tech department head, tsunami expert, had passions for the sea and science

The ocean always beckoned him, sometimes with foreboding.



George Maul, professor of oceanography, marine & environmental systems, is stepping down.


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George Maul, professor of oceanography, marine & environmental systems, is stepping down.

George August Maul warned for years that a killer wave in Florida was inevitable. A powerful tsunami traveling as fast as a jetliner will strike our coast, the Virgin Islands, or elsewhere in the Caribbean. He was convinced: It’s just a matter of time.

He would not live to see the tragedy he often warned of and worked tirelessly to prevent. 

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Maul, an oceanographer and educator with “a disarming smile and limitless curiosity who made a profound impact on marine and environmental science programs at Florida Tech as a department head, advocate, fundraiser and speaker,” succumbed to cancer Wednesday, Florida Institute of Technology officials announced Thursday. 

He was 82.

Maul, 

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