Matthias Tomczak holds a Dr. rer. nat. from the University of Kiel and a Dr. habil. from the University of Hamburg. He is Emeritus Professor of Oceanography at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia and the designer and editor of the oceanography website http://www.es.flinders.edu.au/~mattom/index.html and the Science and Civilization website www.worldcivilizations.info.