Cetacean Society International

Whales Alive!

Vol. VII No. 4 October 1998


Ken Norris' Passing


Kenneth S. Norris, 74, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and first President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy died on 16 August. Dr. Norris was an extraordinary naturalist, with diverse research interests; defining dolphin echolocation, proving the vaquita was a new species, inventing methods to study cetacean social behavior, and documenting the release of captive dolphins, among many others. His scientific alarms publicized the enormous dolphin mortality in tuna seine nets in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean. He helped to create the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, and served as a scientific adviser to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. Ken's curiosity, passion, innovation and insight inspired many. He is a role model to an entire generation of scientists, or anyone who cares about marine mammals. Contributions in Ken Norris' memory may be made to the UC Natural Reserve System, UC Office of the President, 1111 Franklin St., Sixth Floor, Oakland, CA 94607, or UCSC's Long Marine Laboratory, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. A celebration of Professor Norris' life is planned for October 24th.


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