The scientist who started it all
May 4, 2022, marked the 100th birthday of a marine science legend: Dr. Eugenie ("Genie") Clark, the "Shark Lady" who founded Mote Marine Laboratory in 1955. Throughout her 100th year, Mote will celebrate Genie's incredible life and positive impacts with special events, activities and opportunities to help support and grow her legacy of marine science and education.
Genie passed away in 2015 after a lifetime of studying sharks and other fishes. She was a scientist ahead of her time—back in the 1950s, she'd already caught on that sharks are complex and fascinating rather than mindless and frightening, and that women belong in marine science fields once dominated by men. Her trailblazing mindset has led to many of Mote's greatest impacts today and inspires our progress toward an even brighter tomorrow.
Click the button for our special tribute website featuring photos from Genie's adventures, newly digitized by Mote's Arthur Vining Davis Library & Archives.
Her Forever Stamp on marine science
This year, the U.S. Postal Service is honoring Genie with a new USPS Forever® Stamp—a mini piece of art as vibrant as she was. The stamp was designed and created by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. You can help us spread the word on social media with: #eugenieclarkstamp
Learn about our Shark Lady through this video tribute from the U.S. Postal Service:
How has Genie's life and legacy enriched your own?
Are you a scientist or student who has cited her research or drawn inspiration from her journey? A Mote supporter inspired by her generous spirit? A friend, family member, or one of the many other people whose lives she has touched?
- Please send your thoughts, memories and tributes to help celebrate our amazing Shark Lady: firstname.lastname@example.org
A selection of your messages will be shared through Mote's digital and print outreach in honor of Genie's 100th year.