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This award recognises substantial contributions to the work of the Society and/or to the national and international development of marine science. Honorary membership is restricted to a total of 2% of the membership of the Society. There are currently seven Honorary members. There are no restrictions on the nationality of nominees. The recipient need not be a member of the Challenger Society. Previous Honorary Members are listed here.
Present honorary members are:
- Angela Colling
Angela has been editor of Ocean Challenge since its launch, and been largely responsible for its development and continuing success. By paying meticulous attention to the style of language in each and every contribution, Angela has ensured that all the articles, no matter what discipline they address, are accessible to all readers. She has been able steadily to improve standards of presentation and production without exorbitant increases in cost, so that the journal plays a key role in communicating the activities of the Society both here and abroad.
- Dr Robert L Fisher
Dr Robert L Fisher has made a huge and unique contribution to scientific knowledge of the world's trenches and the crustal structure of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Since 1991, a research geologist emeritus at Scripps Institute of oceanography, he organized and led major expeditions to the Pacific, Indian and Arctic Oceans. In 2004, he was awarded the inaugural Drake medal by the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) organization. See here and the PDF of a recent interview.
- Professor Ernest Naylor
Throughout his career Ernest Naylor has had a prominent role in the development of marine sciences within the UK and he has an international reputation in crustacean rhythm research and taxonomy. During his career and into retirement Ernest has been a member of the Challenger Society for 50 years. In his late thirties he became Director of the Port Erin Marine Laboratory, Isle of Man where he built up the facilities for both teaching and research. In the early eighties he moved to Bangor University where he became the Lloyds Roberts Professor of Zoology and later oversaw the development of Marine Sciences as Head of the School of Ocean Sciences. He was awarded an OBE for services to Marine Science. Further details are available here.
- Rear-Adm George Stephen Ritchie CB
- R G Williams OBE
Former Secretary of the National Institute of Oceanography and former Treasurer of the Challenger Society for Marine Science.
- Prince Albert of Monaco
Prince Albert’s active interest in marine-related issues and climate change is helping to raise the profile of oceanographic research around the world. Most recently, his support for the Monaco Declaration gave a global voice to the problems of ocean acidification. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation encourages research which contributes to solutions for climate change, biodiversity and the water cycle, three topics which are at the heart of UK marine research.
- Dr Phil Williamson
Phil has played a leading role in the success of a number of the largest and most important of the NERC Programmes over the last 25 years including BOFS, M&FMB, SOLAS and Oceans 2025. In all these projects, Phil has been the person who has found a way to let the best science happen despite the inevitable complications of ocean research such as lost gear and broken ships. He succeeds in this partly because of his wealth of knowledge and experience of the science and the “system”, partly through his tenacity and determination, but perhaps most by his sheer enthusiasm for the science and the scientists and his charm and good humour. Phil’s contribution to UK Marine Science has been enormous, selfless and easily overlooked, but without him UK Marine Science would not be in its current high status position and all members of the Challenger Society owe him a great debt of gratitude which this award attempts to acknowledge.