Genie – The life and Recollections of Eugenie Clark
Eugenie Clark, among the most remarkable of female scientists of the 20th century, was born in New York in 1922. Although from humble origins, she became one of the most successful American scientists of her time and a celebrated professor at the University of Maryland. She also earned fame as a female diver, whose exploits underwater are the stuff of legends, even though they were grounded in scientific curiosity rather than a desire for adventure. It was this curiosity that led Genie to study fishes in their environment in ways never before attempted and to pioneer keeping sharks in captivity and conducting some of the first behavioural studies on them.
Her personal life was no less adventurous: after five husbands, she wanted to marry again at the age of 88. Liked and admired by most who knew her, she interacted with a galaxy of interesting people and was a close friend of Nobel laureates, princes, and emperors. Honours were bestowed upon her from the early 1950s onwards and continued to roll in long after her death. Until her last days, Genie continued to dive and to write scientific papers; her final publication appeared a year after her death, at the age of 92, in February 2015.
This book is based on Eugenie Clark’s recollections, on the accounts and anecdotes of her friends, and on research by her long-time friend and fellow scientist, José I. Castro, PhD. According to the author, he wrote the book “because I was the one who knew the whole story, and I could not allow it to be lost. It had to be written now.”
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May . 01 . 2020