This Day In History: 1895-04-14


James Dwight Dana (1813 – 1895) died on this day.
He was a US geologist and naturalist, a member of the scientific corps of the Wilkes Expedition (1838 – 1842) for which he wrote the expedition reports on Zoophytes (1846), Geology (1849), and Crustacea (1852 – 1854). A correspondent of Darwin, he supported Darwin’s ideas on the development of coral reefs.

Dana described numerous taxa collected during the Wilkes Expedition and is honoured in the names of many taxa and in the names of a number of species under danai (also, confusingly, under danae).