Daniel Pauly named Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur

Photo by Alison Barrat

Photo by Alison Barrat

The Sea Around Us Principal Investigator, Dr. Daniel Pauly, has been named Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur in a presidential decree on French National Day, July 14, 2017.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented Pauly’s nomination in recognition of his work researching the impacts of fisheries on marine ecosystems.

The Chevalier is a distinction in France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour and it is granted, for life, to individuals with a minimum of 20 years of public service or 25 years of professional activity with “eminent accomplishments.” Knights belong to The Order of Merit, which was created in 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle.

The Legion of Honour itself was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte as a way of honouring French citizens and foreign nationals with a flawless military or civil career and who have contributed to the growth and well-being of others.

Chevaliers wear a badge on a ribbon on the left chest. The badge is a silver five-armed “Maltese Asterisk” with an enameled laurel and oak wreath between the arms.

Other scientists who have received the title of Chevaliers include Alexander Graham Bell, Leo Baekeland, Susan Greenfield, Luc Montagnier, and Hans Zinsser.

The Sea Around Us congratulates Dr. Pauly on this important recognition. Félicitations!

To schedule an interview with Daniel Pauly, please contact Valentina Ruiz Leotaud v.ruizleotaud(at)oceans.ubc.ca – 604.827.3164