This Day in History: 1822-03-08

Charles Frédéric Girard (1822 – 1895) was born on this day. He was a French born US zoologist specializing in ichthyology and herpetology. Girard accompanied Agassiz to Harvard as his assistant; later moved on to the Smithsonian, where he was effectively both its first ichthyologist and first herpetologist, to work on the growing collection of North American fishes, amphibians, and reptiles. In 1861 he was awarded the Cuvier Prize by the Institute of France for his work on western regions of the New World and for his work on fishes and reptiles.

Girard described around 280 taxa and is honoured in the names of two genera of fishes and in the names of a number of species under girardi.