This Day In History: 1918-05-10


Diva Diniz Corrêa (1918 -1993) was born on this day.
She was a Brazilian marine biologist, specialising in nemerteans. Corrêa received a Guggenheim Fellowship
(1957) leading to a few years research in the US, apparently becoming enamoured enough of a certain beverage to name a nemertean species after it (Zygonemertes cocacola Corrêa, 1961). Head of the Department of Zoology, University of São Paulo (1963), later director of the Zoology Department at the Institute of Biosciences of the University (1977-81).
Also published on polyclads and on Actiniaria and Corallimorpharia (1964).

Corrêa described around 80 taxa and is honoured in the names of three genera and in the names of a number of species under correae and divae.