From its origins following the International Fisheries Exhibition in London in 1883, the MBA has close associations with many eminent scientists, including Nobel laureates conducting research at the Laboratory, those who guided the association's development through their presidencies of directorships, and members of staff and visiting workers. These pages will focus on specific people associated with the MBA through the years.
Project: To mark the 100-year anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott reaching the South Pole on 17 January 1912, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery organised an exhibition exploring Plymouth's links to polar exploration and highlighted the role of MBA scientists in Scott's Discovery (1901-1904) and Terra Nova (1910-1913) expeditions, including Thomas Vere Hodgson, Edward W. Nelson and Edward A. Wilson. Information on the MBA's holdings on these scientists can be accessed here. The museum also created the "Scott100" website with further information, available here.
Project: Between June 2012 and December 2013, the MBA, together with Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and the Plymouth University of the Third Age, has been working with Mr Edward hackett to conduct research on Marie Victoire Lebour based on her archives held in the MBA Archive Collection. Click here to see the resulting piece of work.
Project: Between August and December 2012, the MBA worked with the South West Image Bank to digitise the photographic collection of Edward Thomas Browne, a marine biologist and amateur photographer who produced many images of scientific and local interest. A selection of these images and further information on Browne is available here, in the Gallery section. Details of the MBA's collection on E. T. Browne can be found here.
Project: Many marine biologists have become Nobel laureates, demonstrating the wide importance and relevance of the field. In total, 12 Nobel laureates have worked at the MBA. A page introducing their achievements is available here.
Project: Between January and June 2013, material from the MBA Archive Collection relating to the MBA's first president, eminent Victorian scientist Thomas Henry Huxley, will be exhibited at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery in a small display on Huxley's Plymouth Connections. More information, including the transcript of a letter by Huxley about worms living in the shells of oysters, is available here.
Project: In March 2013, the MBA and the University of St Mark and St John prepared a small display of material relating to a trio of unusual Plymouth plants: the Plymouth pear, the Plymouth strawberry and the Plymouth thistle. MBA botanist Marjorie Alison Wilson did a considerable amount of work to safeguard the Plymouth pear. For more information on the display, please click here.
Project: As part of work to raise awareness of the MBA Herbarium, this page contains information on various people involved in the collection and identification of specimens.
Project: The MBA has had 14 Presidents since 1884. For information on each of these, please click here.
Project: Since it was founded in 1884, the MBA has almost continually had a Royal Patron. For a full list of these, please see here.
Project: The MBA has had 12 Directors since it 1884. Please click here for more information.
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