Ronald Ian Currie
He made Antarctic expeditions on both the RRS William Scoresby and the RRS Discovery. He was a Committee Member on the Nature Conservancy Council and Vice President of the Marine Conservation Society. He was linked to the Oban Community Council and did charitable work with the North British Hotels Trust and the Royal National Mission to Deep-Sea Fishermen.
After a short time at the University of Copenhagen he joined the Royal Naval Scientific Service from whence he was seconded to the National Institute of Oceanography then in Wormley, Surrey. In 1962 he became Head of Biology at the Institute. In 1966 he returned to Scotland to be Director of the Scottish Marine Biological Station at Millport on the island of Great Cumbrae. He retained this role until 1987, including the relocation of the station to Dunstaffnage (now known as Dunbeg). Here he was responsible for the development of the research vessels RV Challenger and RV Calanus which are now operational in oceanographic research. He was responsible for research projects in Loch Etive, Loch Eil and the Rockall Trough.
- Organic Production in the Sea (1959)
- The Benguela Current (1960)
- Discovery: Britain’s Sea-going Research Laboratory (New Scientist 24 Jan 1963)