This Day In History: 1831-04-24


George Strong Nares (1831 – 1915) was born on this day.
He was a British naval officer and Arctic explorer, he attained the rank of vice admiral. Nares took command of his own ship, the paddle-sloop HMS Salamander (1865), carried out extensive survey work off Australia, including the Great Barrier Reef. Following this was another survey ship working in the Mediterranean, HMS Newport, in which Nares managed to upstage the French by becoming the first ship to pass through the Suez Canal, although reprimanded this led to his promotion to captain. Commander of the Challenger Expedition (1872-76) and of the British Arctic Expedition of 1875-1876.

Nares is honoured in the names of a number of species collected during the Challenger Expedition under naresi(i), and naresianus.