In Remembrance of Professor Brian Morton, PhD, DSc, OBE, JP (1942-2021)

Posted 29 March 2021

It is with a deep sense of loss and sadness that we learned of the passing of one of our founding fellows, Professor Brian Morton, on Sunday 28 March 2021. Professor Morton is survived by his children and grandchildren, to whom WWF-Hong Kong would like to extend its deepest sympathies.

Professor Morton was an internationally renowned marine and freshwater ecologist, and malacologist. In his role as Professor of Marine Ecology in the Department of Ecology and Biodiversity at the University of Hong Kong since the 1970s, and Director of the Swire Institute of Marine Science, he nurtured and mentored successive generations of ecologists and conservationists.

Professor Morton’s pioneering work was not limited to his own field but encompassed all nature conservation in Hong Kong, culminating in the passing of the Marine Parks Ordinance in 1995 and the declaration of Hoi Ha Wan and other sites as marine parks in 1996. He was an advocator for, and collaborator on, the Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre in the early 2000s. This centre added marine ecology to WWF’s education programmes, in addition to the wetland and terrestrial education activities at Mai Po and Island House. Professor Morton as a member of the Executive Council for 22 years provided the inspiration and vision for what is now our current Connect with Nature programme.

The entire panda family remember Brian as the joyous leader of the Birdbrains team in our annual Big Bird Race, a personality who accomplished so much and will be truly missed by us all.