This Day In History: 1711-04-02


Job Baster (1711 – 1775) was born on this day.
He was a Dutch physician and naturalist, credited with the introduction of the goldfish to Holland (possibly after visiting London in 1732). Baster is best known for his beautifully illustrated multi-volume, Natuurlyke Uitspanningen behelzende eenige waarnemingen over sommige zee-planten en zee-insecten (1759 – 1765) (Natural accounts about some observations of some marine plants and insects), a work of pre-linnean nomenclature.

Baster is honoured in the names of a number of taxa and in the names of species under basteri.