This Day In History: 1798-03-18


Daniel Frederick Eschricht (1798 – 1863) was born on this day.
He was a Danish zoologist and comparative anatomist with an interest in whales. Between 1843 and 1862 he published eight treatises on whales in the Transactions of the Royal Danish Society of Sciences. In 1846 he arranged for one of the first complete whale skeletons to be exhibited at a European museum.

Eschricht is honoured in the names of a family of Baleen whales, Eschrichtiidae, and its genus Eschrichtius, and also in the names of a number of species under eschrichti and eschrichtii.