This Day in History: 1839-02-09

Addison Emery Verrill was born on this day. He was a US zoologist and the first professor of zoology at the Yale University. Verrill worked on the invertebrates of the Atlantic coast, covering annelids, corals, echinoderms, and mollusks, becoming the leading authority on the cephalopods; later working on the marine animals of the Bermuda Islands.
Over his career Verrill published more than 350 papers and monographs, and described over 1,000 species including animals from nearly all the major taxonomic groups.

He is honoured in the names of around 180 taxa with numerous species under verrilli and verrillii.