This Day In History: 1887-03-31


Keppel Harcourt Barnard (1887 – 1964) was born on this day.
He was a UK born South African zoologist working in carcinology, malacology, and ichthyology. Assistant director of the South African Museum in Cape Town (1921), director from 1946 until his retirement in 1956, then Honoury Keeper of Fishes and Marine Invertebrates working on the revision of the Mollusca. He published around 230 papers and books on South African fishes, insects, and crustaceans (amphipods, isopods, decapods, stomatopods, copepods, and cirripedes).

Barnard has been described as “one of the most prolific and probably the widest-ranging taxonomist in history” and is honoured in the names of a number of taxa including the names of species under barnardi(i).