Dr. John Randall, International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) Darwin Medal Recipient

Sketch book notes from the 2016 Darwin Medal Award presentation by Dr. Jack Randall. For more information about him at the Bishop Museum visit

He's probably named more fish than you've eaten in your lifetime.

Dr. John (Jack) Randall (Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii) received the lifetime achievement award from ISRS this year at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium. He invented the wet suit before Cousteau, he's described 815 new species of fish and started his career 70 years ago. We heard him speak about some of his experiences, some of which are captured forever in my sketchbook. I first glimpsed some of his holotype specimens at the Bernice P. Bishop Museum when I learned that rows upon rows of preserved fish had his name (as the scientist who discovered them). He is a legend in the fish world. In March 2016, Hakai Magazine published an article title Dr. Fish about his life. as a dive pioneer and dedicated taxonomist.

He is aptly named Dr. Fish. In the Bishop Museum collections, his name appears frequently on the holotype specimens of described fish species.