Elisabeth Mann Borghese

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Elisabeth Mann Borgese, one of the most fervent fighters for the preservation of the oceans and the founder of the International Ocean Institute (IOI) in Malta.

She was born in 1919 to Nobel Prize winning writer Thomas Mann.

Dubbed "ambassador of the oceans" because of numerous papers and books she wrote on maritime issues, she was a University Professor in Halifax, Canada. Besides founding the IOI in Malta she was also one of the founders of the Club of Rome, a group of scientists focusing on worldwide environmental problems.

Reuters reported that Mann Borgese was a keen skier and had been at St. Moritz in the southeastern Grisons on a winter sports holiday and died during the night after suffering a lung infection. She is buried in the Mann family grave in Kilchberg near Zurich.