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Kenneth S. Norris

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Kenneth Stafford Norris

Kenneth Stafford Norris (August 11, 1924 – August 16, 1998)[1] was an American marine mammal biologist, conservationist, naturalist, and co-founder of SeaWorld.

Norris did pioneering work on dolphin echolocation.[2][3] His conservation work included helping establish the University of California Natural Reserve System and work towards passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.[2] Norris was a professor at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz.[4]

Norris, Milton Shedd, David Demott and George Millay co-founded SeaWorld. The four graduates of UCLA originally set out to build an underwater restaurant and marine life show.[5] When the underwater restaurant concept was deemed unfeasible, they scrapped those plans and decided to build a park instead, and SeaWorld San Diego was opened on March 21, 1964.[5]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Norris, Kenneth Stafford (1974). The Porpoise Watcher. ISBN 9780393063851.
  • Norris, Kenneth Stafford (1991). Dolphin Days: The Life & Times of the Spinner Dolphin. ISBN 9780380719655.

as editor[edit]

  • Norris, Kenneth S., ed. (1966). Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Cetacean Research, held in August 1963 in Washington, D.C.; conducted by the American Institute of Biological Sciences. University of California Press; xv+789 pages, illus., maps, 26 cm.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)[6] ASIN B0000CN4XU


  1. ^ "Kenneth S. Norris: Naturalist, Cetologist, Conservationist, 1924-1998". University Library - UC Santa Cruz. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Silber, Gregory K. (1 October 1999). "Remembering Dr. Kenneth Norris". Marine Mammal Science. 15 (4): 915–917. doi:10.1111/j.1748-7692.1999.tb00859.x.
  3. ^ Fountain, Henry (August 23, 1998). "Kenneth Norris, 95, Pioneer In Study of Marine Mammals". New York Times. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  4. ^ Stephens, Tim (August 24, 1998). "Kenneth Norris, world-renowned expert on whales and dolphins, dies at 74". Currents.
  5. ^ a b "Milton Shedd, 79, Co-Founder of SeaWorld". The New York Times. Associated Press. May 28, 2002. Retrieved June 4, 2009.
  6. ^ Matthews, L. Harrison (1966). "Review of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises edited by Kenneth S. Norris". Oryx. 8 (6): 384. doi:10.1017/S0030605300005615. S2CID 86561203.

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