UMD’s ‘Shark Lady’ to Be Honored With U.S. Postage Stamp

A late University of Maryland biologist who brought millions of people face to face with sharks through her popular classes, bestselling books, National Geographic articles and public television specials continues to do so on her own postage stamp—the first UMD faculty member so honored.

Eugenie Clark Stamp
Artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya's 2022 U.S. postage stamp honors the late UMD Professor Eugenie Clark, portraying her in a fanciful undersea scene with a lemon shark. Stamp image courtesy of U.S. Postal Service.

The U.S. Postal Service announced yesterday that it will issue a stamp in 2022 featuring Eugenie Clark, aka, the “Shark Lady,” who taught marine biology at the university from 1968 until her 1992 retirement. She was a colorful figure believed to be the only woman besides his wife who explorer Jacques Cousteau ever allowed on his ship, the Calypso, and she worked with many world leaders (including Japan’s current emperor emeritus, whom she taught to snorkel) and hitched rides on the backs of sharks, as captured in her underwater films.

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