Dr Malcolm Roy Clarke FRS
After graduating in zoology in 1955, Malcolm Clarke worked as a whaling inspector in the Antarctic as part of his PhD on marine mammal parasites. He did research on cephalopods and their predators at the National Institute of Oceanography, Wormley (1959-1972), before transferring to the Marine Biological Association (MBA) in Plymouth, where he obtained his DSc.
A world expert on both squids and cetaceans, Dr Clarke became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1981 for “wide-ranging and major studies of the physiology, distribution and systematics of squid.”
He founded and served as Secretary and President of the Cephalopod International Advisory Council and in 1996 edited a special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society on ‘The role of cephalopods in the World’s oceans’. He was a visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool and is now a visiting scientist at the University of the Azores.
After retirement from the MBA in 1987, he continued to work on squids and cetaceans with support from the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust. All together he has spent over 54 years doing research on biological oceanography and the physiology and ecology of marine animals, authoring, co-authoring or editing over 150 scientific papers, books and articles.
Dr Clarke and his wife Dorothy moved to Sao Joao on the Portuguese island of Pico in the central North Atlantic where they set up a private museum on sperm whales and deep-sea squids.
Dr Clarke sadly passed away in the Azores in 2013.