Albert I of Monaco, Sailor Prince and Pioneer of Modern Oceanography
  • Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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Nicknamed ‘The Sailor Prince’, HSH Prince Albert I of Monaco (1848-1922) had a passion for the sea and for science. 

His 25 oceanographic voyages between 1885 and 1915 on his own research yachts broke new boundaries in marine science. To this day, his Oceanographic Museum in Monaco and his Oceanographic Institute, or ‘Home of the Seas,’ in Paris remain his enduring legacy. 

Nearly a century later, inspired by his ancestral ‘Sailor Prince’, HSH Prince Albert II, on becoming sovereign prince of Monaco, created an environmental Foundation designed to limit the effects of climate change, safeguard biodiversity and protect water resources. The oceans lie at the heart of this Foundation’s collaboration with the marine science expertise to be found in organisations such as the School of Marine Science and Engineering at Plymouth University.

Professor David M Munro MBE

A geographer with a passion for landscape studies, conservation and exploration, David Munro was a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh where he compiled the Oxford Dictionary of the World and led a series of research expeditions to Central America that addressed issues of resource management and environmental protection. Later, as Director of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS), he organised a centenary programme marking the achievements of William Speirs Bruce’s Scottish National Antarctic Expedition of 1902-04. This brought him in contact with HSH Prince Albert of Monaco whose ancestor, the ‘Sailor Prince’ – Albert I of Monaco, collaborated with Bruce during his numerous polar expeditions. 

Start time: 6pm arrival for a 6.30pm start.

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Professor David M Munro MBE 

Currently a freelance geographical consultant, David Munro is a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and a Director of the Foundation’s branch in the UK. 

Awarded the RSGS Scotia Centenary Medal in 2005 and an Honorary Professorship of the University of Dundee in 2007, he received an MBE from the Queen in 2008 and the distinction of Knight Officer of the Order of St Charles from Prince Albert of Monaco in 2015.

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