This Day in History: 1786-01-05

Thomas Nuttall was born on this day. An English natural history collector, later botanist and ornithologist, he’s regarded as one of North America’s most important, widely traveled, pioneer naturalists. A member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, he lived and worked in USA between 1808 -1841. For a scientist not immediately associated with the aquatic sciences he is honoured in a surprising number of aquatic taxa, possibly more than 80.