On 8 December 2014, Lord Cranbrook, one of the Trustees of Dr.Bolton Orang Asli Trust Fund, received the Merdeka Award in recognition of his contribution to the conservation efforts in Malaysia among six other distinguished individuals
[Extracted from the Merdeka Award coffee-table book – Profile of Dato Sri Gathorne]
A chartered biologist with a keen interest in environmental studies, zoology and a long standing voluntary commitment to environmental issues and museums, Dato Sri Gathorne – Earl of Cranbrook, was born in June 1933. He obtained his BA in Natural and Moral Sciences from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1956 and subsequently, a PhD from the University of Birmingham in 1960. As one of the early conservationists to have worked in Malaysia, Dato Sri Cranbrook is a specialist in the biology and management of cave swiftlets, the biology of living mammals and zooarcheology of the Malaysian region. He has contributed immensely to raising awareness of conservation issues in Malaysia and his wide body of work has added to our understanding of the ecology and biology of Malaysian mammals and birds.