This Day In History: 1908-03-28


Mihai Băcescu (1908 – 1999) was born on this day.
He was a Romanian zoologist specializing in crustaceans, in particular the Mysidacea, Cumacea, and Tanaidacea, and in the ecology of the Black Sea. In 1964 he was appointed director of the Grigore Antipa Museum of Natural History, a position he held with distinction until his retirement 24 years later. Băcescu published over 300 articles and monographs and described more than three hundred new taxa including several families.

Băcescu is honoured in the names of more than 70 taxa including the names of many species under bacescui.