born 1922

Eugenie Clark's list of accomplishments is miles long, but the "Shark Lady" is most remembered for her joy + enthusiasm for her work. As a barrier-breaking ichthyologist {fish biologist} + undersea explorer, Genie paved the way for female scientists...getting her feet wet at a time when she wasn't even allowed to go on overnight research trips while at Scripps because she was a woman. By the end of her career, she had more than 70 deep submersible dives under her belt.

Her remarkable career began with a fascination with fishes as a child in New York City ~ both at a favorite aquarium and as part of her ocean-immersed Japanese upbringing ~ and didn't end until her death at 92, just weeks after her last paper was published and months after her final dive.

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her quotes

all quotes by Eugenie Clark (12)

"And so, when the helmet was fixed and after a short rest which didn't allow my fears to become too deeply rooted, I went down again."

Lady With a Spear | january 1953

"It seems as though women keep growing. Eventually they can have little or nothing in common with the men they chose long ago."

Adventures of a Shark Tamer | august 1979

"When you see a shark underwater, you should say, 'How lucky I am to see this beautiful animal in his environment.'"

The Sharks | january 1982

"I don't want to be anybody’s secretary!"

Half a Mile Down: Dr Eugenie Clark aboard IUC Pisces | 1987

"A repetition is never as fresh and delightful as the first time."

An Interview With Eugenie Clark | november 1994

"I don't get philosophical. Love fish. Love sharks. Keep the water and their habitats as clean and protected as possible."

An Interview With Eugenie Clark | november 1994

"Those of us who love the sea wish everyone would be aware of the need to protect the sea."

Sharkman | january 1997

"I began to realize that these 'gangsters' of the deep had gotten a bad rap."

Women of Achievement in Maryland History {cited by Maryland State Archives} | 2002

"They gave me more credit than they would give a man for doing the same thing because I was a woman."

Earth Edition | november 2005

"Follow your heart, and take as much math as you can."

Maryland's One and Only Shark Lady | july/august 2011

"I've done it all, but mainly I've enjoyed studying fish and being underwater with them, being in their natural habitat, looking at the fish and the fish looking at me."

Florida Trend | november 2011

"I don't work at something because I think it's important. I work at things that, to me, are interesting."

Florida Trend | november 2011
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curated with care by Meghan Miller Brawley {june 2015}