The Marine Biological Association, founded in 1884, runs a leading research laboratory in Plymouth and is one of the world’s oldest and most respected institutions devoted to the advancement of marine biology and the study of the ocean. In recognition of its long and eminent history and its status in the field of marine biology, the MBA was awarded a Royal Charter in 2013.
On March 11, the MBA celebrated its Royal Charter with a reception in London at Fishmongers Hall. Scientists, policy-makers and industry figures gathered to celebrate the oceans, and the contribution that marine biology makes to a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead for the United Kingdom.
Prince Phillip, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, patron of the Marine Biological Association, was among the guests at the official celebration marking the award of a Royal Charter to the Plymouth-based organization. Royal Charters are awarded by the Queen to organizations that demonstrate “pre-eminence, stability and permanence” in their work. The official state seal of approval, given late last year, recognizes the MBA as the leading body in Britain on the science of marine life.
The celebration, attended by Prince Phillip, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh comes with an endorsement from Dr. Sylvia Earle, who was not able to attend due to other commitments.
In a statement, Dr. Earle said, “The MBA is an organization that has done so much in terms of exploring and understanding the ocean; the future is in the hands of those who understand the importance of the blue part of the planet.”
His Royal Highness Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Devon scientist Professor James Lovelock, and Nobel Prize winner Sir Tim Hunt were all awarded honorary fellowships of the Marine Biological Association at the event.
Feature photo courtesy of The Marine Biological Association