This Day In History: 1878-03-23


Henry Weed Fowler (1878 – 1965) was born on this day.
He was a US ichthyologist who had studied under Jordan. Fowler spent his entire professional life with the Academy of Natural Sciences becoming the Academy’s first full-time curator of fishes (1940-1965). In addition to ichthyology he also published on crustaceans, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. He was a prolific writer, author of more than 600 titles including the monumental A Catalog of World Fishes (1964 -1977), a classification of each known fish according to family, genus, species, and subspecies. Fowler (along with Bean) documented the fishes collected by the Bureau of Fisheries steamer Albatross in the Philippines from 1907-1910, publishing six volumes from 1928 to 1941. A founder of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, served as treasurer, later president (1927).

Fowler is honoured in the names of two genera of fishes and in the names of a number of species under fowleri.