The greatest honour the Marine Biological Association can bestow is the awarding of an MBA Honorary Fellowship. Honorary Fellows are persons of distinction who have contributed to the Company or to its aims. These individuals are therefore those who in various ways have made a substantial contribution to the field of marine biology. The very first Honorary Fellows of the Association were announced on March 11th 2014 at an event celebrating the granting of a Royal Charter to the Association.

Honorary Fellows are voting members of the Association and are entitled to the use of the postnominal of Hon FMBA.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco is a renowned conservationist and advocate for the earth’s marine and polar environments. In 2006 he founded the Prince Albert II Foundation which has tackled a number of issues related to biodiversity, water security and energy efficiency. As a result of its efforts, a moratorium on the bluefin tuna has been implemented in Monaco – the world’s first ‘bluefin tuna free’ country.
Dr Sylvia Earle, formerly chief scientist for NOAA, is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer. Her tireless advocacy for the ocean led to the New York Times naming her “Her deepness”. She has authored more than 190 scientific, technical, and popular publications; lectured in more than 80 countries; and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.
Professor James Lovelock served as the MBA’s tenth President from 1986 to 1990.  He is an independent scientist and environmentalist, perhaps best known for his work on the “Gaia hypothesis”, which postulates that the biosphere is a self-regulating entity with the capacity to keep our planet healthy by controlling the chemical and physical environment.
Sir Tim Hunt is an English biochemist. In 1982 he discovered cyclins, and in 2001 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Lee Hartwell and Paul Nurse for their discoveries of “Key regulators of the cell cycle”. In 2006, he was awarded the Royal Medal for his work on cell cycle control and was knighted by the Queen in the same year. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.