This Day In History: 1848-03-25


William Keith Brooks (1848 – 1908) was born on this day.
He was a US
zoologist, influenced by the Agassiz family. Brooks studied embryological development in invertebrates and used his results as evidence for theories of evolution and ancestral heredity. He founded the Chesapeake Zoological Laboratory in 1878. Later in life, Brooks became head of the Biology Department at Johns Hopkins University. His publications included Hand-Book of Invertebrate Zoölogy (1882), The Stomatopoda of H. M. S. Challenger (1886), and A Monograph of the Genus Salpa (1893).

Brooks is honoured in the name of a genus of salps and in the names of a number of species under brooksi and brooksii.