John Murray (1841-1914), a pioneering oceanographer, was Wyville Thomson’s assistant on HMS Challenger’s 1872-76 expedition to explore the oceans. The publication of the 50 volume report of the Challenger Expedition fell largely to Murray, who completed the task in 1896. Murray had the Challenger Medal made at his own expense as a token of appreciation to those who had participated in the expedition or preparation of the report.
This collage features mementos of Murray’s career, including his map of the ‘ocean deeps’, cirrothauma murrayi, the Challenger Medal, reference to Murray’s Christmas Island phosphate company and a Newfoundland dog.
The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) was founded in 1884 (as the Scottish Marine Station) by Murray. This collage was prepared to celebrate SAMS’s 130th anniversary.