Mark Denny, Ph.D.
Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University
Conversations With Marco Polo: The Extraordinary Life of Gene Haderlie
Portrait of Gene Haderlie
Tuesday – October 30, 2007
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.
Gene Haderlie has been a part of the Monterey marine biology community for more than 60 years; a quiet man with an easy smile, the driving force behind the classic book, Intertidal Invertebrates of California. But beyond his science, Gene has led an extraordinary life, deeply intertwined with the 20th century. From a rough-and-tumble childhood in Wyoming during the Depression to an expedition to Baja Mexico where he crossed paths with John Steinbeck and had his inflamed appendix taken out by a veterinarian; from life as a hard-hat diver in WWII, defusing mines in the English Channel and enduring the trauma of D-Day to teaching marine biology while sailing the Pacific; the history I recount is akin to reading about Marco Polo: tales of adventure from a world we can never experience firsthand.