This Day in History: 1901-04-29

Hirohito (1901 – 1989) was born on this day.
He was a Japanese marine biologist and Showa Emperor of Japan. Hirohito had a lifelong interest in marine biology and taxonomy, specialising in hydrozoans. He had a small, well-equipped biological laboratory established at the Akasaka Palace (1925) then three years later built the Imperial Biological Research Institute within the grounds of the Imperial palace, Tokyo. His son, Emperor Akihito of Japan, follows his father’s interest in marine biology as an ichthyologist specialising in the family Gobiidae.

Hirohito described 34 taxa and is honoured in the names of a genus and two species under hirohitoi.