Professor Brian Morton
Emeritus Professor of Marine Ecology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
Professor Morton, a British marine scientist, now retired, spent 33 years in Hong Kong where he contributed to the greater understanding of the Asian marine environment and the threats to it posed by pollution and development in the region.
He organized numerous research workshops and conferences for scientists from China, Hong Kong and elsewhere in the search for solutions to common marine environmental problems.
Professor Morton remains active in international marine organizations, was founding chairman of the Marine Biological Association of Hong Kong and founding editor of Asian Marine Biology. During his time in Hong, as chairman of the Marine Parks and Reserves Committee, he was responsible for drafting the Marine Parks Ordinance and the establishment of the territory’s current system of marine parks and reserves. Professor Morton was a founding member (in 1981) of WWFHK, serving on its Executive and other committees and is now a Life Member. He is an Honorary Life Fellow of the Pacific Science Association (1993), an Honorary Life Member of the Malacological Society of London (1992). He was made a Knight (Ridder) in the Order of the Golden Ark by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in 1997, an Officer in the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HRH Queen Elizabeth in 1999 and was, most recently (2004), the sole recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Gold Medal – all for his contributions to marine environmental protection, education and conservation.
Professor Morton is continuing his research and marine conservation interest and activities in the United Kingdom.