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Quentin Bone

Quentin Bone

Dr Quentin Bone FRS JP


Elected: 1984


Quentin Bone was a marine biologist whose careful histological studies of aquatic invertebrates and fish built a foundation of knowledge relating to the fine structure and physiology of these organisms. He pioneered the application of electron microscopy to marine life, using the technology to achieve many new insights.

In 1971, Quentin took the first electron micrograph at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, which he followed with decades of challenging histological and ultrastructural studies of fish, marine worms, salps and other aquatic invertebrates. Quentin unveiled countless features of the nervous, sensory, muscular and cutaneous systems that facilitate life in aqueous environments.

Quentin was an Honorary Research Fellow of the Marine Biological Association and received the Zoological Medal of the Linnean Society of London in 1999. In 2003, he was awarded the Zoological Society of London's esteemed Frink Medal for his original and significant contributions.

Dr Quentin Bone FRS JP died on 6 July 2021.

Biographical Memoir


  • Humphry Davy and Claude Bernard Lectures

    On 'Les tuniciers pelagiques: quelques énigmes'.

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