Charles O. Whitman, Marine Biological Laboratory (image) University of Chicago Share Print E-Mail Caption Close ties between the Marine Biological Laboratory and the University of Chicago extend back to the founding of both institutions. Charles O. Whitman, who became founding director of the MBL in 1888, also was a founding member of the UChicago faculty when classes began in 1892, and served as the University's first chair of zoology. Credit University of Chicago Usage Restrictions News organizations may use this image in connection with reports about the new affiliation between the University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.