2000 Fellow

Presented to: Mr. Michael W. Richey (Honorary Fellow)

Citation: Honorary Fellow


Mr. Michael W. Richey played a prominent part in the successive international working groups that were responsible for the introduction of traffic separation at sea, first in the Dover Strait and then worldwide. Mr. Richey, MBE was Director of the (subsequently Royal) Institute of Navigation in the United Kingdom from its foundation in 1947 until his retirement in 1982. He was founder/editor of its journal, "The Journal of Navigation" from 1948 to 1986. Michael was influential in the formation of the International Association of Institutes of Navigation and was its first Secretary General and later President. He was awarded the Superior Achievement Award of the U.S. Institute in 1966, the Medaille d´Honneur of the French Institute in 1969 and the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute in 1979. He is an Honorary Member of many of the Institutes in IAIN. As a yachtsman he has sailed many long singlehanded passages in the 25 foot yacht Jester, including some dozen transatlantic voyages. In 1986 he was awarded the Seamanship Medal of the Royal Cruising Club. For his international dedication and collaboration with the numerous navigation organizations in the advancement of the art and science of navigation.