This Day In History: 1837-04-20


Georg Ossian Sars (1837 – 1927) was born on this day.
He was a Norwegian zoologist specialising in crustaceans; son of biologist Michael Sars (1805 – 1869), he contributed illustrations to some of his father’s works. Sars was a founding investigator of ichthyoplankton and was commissioned by the Norwegian government to investigate fisheries around the Norwegian coast, during which he made the discovery that cod eggs are pelagic. His publications include An Account of the Crustacea of Norway (1890-1928) and the Report on the Schizopoda Collected by HMS Challenger (1885-1887).

Sars described numerous taxa and is honoured in the names of many taxa (as is his father) and in the names of species under sarsi(i) (as is his father).