The famed marine biologist, Eugenie Clark, died on February 25, 2015, in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 92.
Her pioneering work in marine conservation and shark behaviour helped to reveal that sharks were not the stupid and vicious animals they were reputed to be. Though she also did research on fish, her main focus was to improve the public image of sharks.
She began her research in the 1950s, and her fascination with the marine world inspired her to find ways of conducting research underwater. She was one of the first to do so while using SCUBA, and also made over seventy deep dives using a submersible, into the deep ocean.
She wrote many articles and three books, including, Lady with a Spear (1951), The Lady and the Sharks (1969), and The Desert Beneath the Sea (1991)
She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
For more information about her life and work, here is an article written and illustrated by her friend and colleague, David Doubilet : http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/02/150225-eugenie-clark-sh…