Peter F. Worcester received the B.S. degree in engineering physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1968, the M.S. degree in physics from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1969, and the Ph.D. degree in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, in 1977.
He was in the U.S. Navy from 1969–72. He has been a Research Oceanographer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography since receiving his Ph.D. His primary research interests are in acoustical oceanography and underwater acoustics. His work has focused on the application of acoustic remote sensing techniques to the study of ocean structure and circulation. He has been engaged in the development of the technique of ocean acoustic tomography since its inception, including the development and deployment of the required instrumentation.
Dr. Worcester is the recipient of the 2006 Walter Munk Award for Distinguished Research in Oceanography Related to Sound and the Sea, which is granted jointly by the United States Navy and The Oceanography Society. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.