Alister Hardy

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Sir Alister Clavering Hardy FRS FRSE FLS[1] (10 February 1896 – 22 May 1985) was an English marine biologist, an expert on marine ecosystems spanning organisms from zooplankton to whales. He had the artistic skill to illustrate his books with his own drawings, maps, diagrams, and paintings.

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Sir Alister Hardy

Alister Clavering Hardy

(1896-02-10)10 February 1896
Died22 May 1985(1985-05-22) (aged 89)
Known forRRS Discovery work
Continuous Plankton Recorder
Aquatic ape hypothesis
SpouseSylvia Garstang
Parent(s)Richard Hardy and Elizabeth Hannah Clavering
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society, Templeton Prize
Scientific career
FieldsMarine zoology
InstitutionsUniversity of Hull, University of Aberdeen, University of Oxford
InfluencedElaine Morgan

Hardy served as zoologist on the RRS Discovery's voyage to explore the Antarctic between 1925 and 1927. On the voyage he invented the Continuous Plankton Recorder; it enabled any ship to collect plankton samples during an ordinary voyage.

After retiring from his academic work, Hardy founded the Religious Experience Research Centre in 1969; he won the Templeton Prize for this in 1985.