Gerard J. Mangone, University Research Professor of International and Maritime Law in the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, has published the 15th book in his edited series International Straits of the World. The latest volume, The Panama Canal, is written by geographer and scholar Robert Aguirre and is available from Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.
Mangone initiated the book series in 1978 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. In the ensuing years, he has contracted with authors from around the world to provide detailed information on some of the world's most critical navigation passages. The first book in the series focused on the Northeast Passage, followed by those on the Straits of Dover, Malacca, Magellan, Arctic, Gibraltar, Torres, and others.
In addition to the International Straits of the World, Mangone has written 12 books and numerous journal articles, contributed 20 chapters to other books, and edited another 25 books.
Mangone, 92, has been a UD faculty member since 1972. He is the founder of the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, the first research center at an American university to study the legal, political and economic issues facing the ocean, seabed and coastal zone. Among his many honors, in 1983 he received the Francis Alison Award, the University’s highest faculty honor, and in March 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by the University of Delaware.