Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Research Article

Malcolm Roy Clarke, FRS  *

Paul G.K. Rodhousea1 c1, Chung-Cheng Lua2 and Clyde F.E. Ropera3

a1 British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ET, UK

a2 Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and Department of Life Sciences, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

a3 Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA


Malcolm Roy Clarke, FRS (1930–2013) made lasting contributions to cephalopod biology through his productive research programme, his commitment to furthering cephalopod biology and his congenial spirit. His professional legacy includes many important contributions. He wrote over 150 scientific papers, book chapters and other scholarly works, including, the Discovery Report on the role of cephalopods in the diet of sperm whales in the Southern Hemisphere, he edited A handbook for the identification of cephalopod beaks, which made the study of trophic interactions more accessible, and with colleagues he developed and instituted the Cephalopod International Advisory Council to provide advice on cephalopods and a framework for international meetings. His impact on marine science was broad and longstanding.

(Received December 19 2013)

(Accepted January 26 2014)


  • Malcolm Clarke;
  • cephalopod;
  • sperm whale;
  • Cephalopod International Advisory Council;
  • Azores


c1 Correspondence should be addressed to: P.G.K. Rodhouse, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ET, UK email:


*  This article is from ‘The Role of Cephalopods in the Marine Environment, a Symposium in honor of Dr. Malcolm Clarke, FRS’, presented at the World Congress of Malacology, July 2013, Ponta Delgada, Azores.