This Day In History: 1901-04-04


Arthur William Baden Powell (1901 – 1987) was born on this day.
He was a New Zealand naturalist specialising in molluscs. Powell was a palaeontologist and conchologist at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, later assistant director 1936 – 1963. In 1932 he participated in the dredging expeditions of the British research ship Discovery II off the Northland coast, discovering large numbers of new species. Powell published more than 100 scientific papers, and wrote three notable books The shellfish of New Zealand (1937), Native animals of New Zealand (1947), and New Zealand Mollusca (1979), a 500 page publication, the culmination of 50 years’ work.

Powell is honoured in the names of a number of taxa and in the names of species under powelli (also badenpowelli).