This Day In History: 1847-05-15


E. Ray Lankester (1847 – 1929) was born on this day.
He was a British zoologist specialising in invertebrates and evolutionary biology. Studied under Thomas Huxley, later
Professor of Zoology at University College London (1874-90), Professor of Comparative Anatomy at Merton College, Oxford (1891-98), and third director of the Natural History Museum (1898 – 1907). Lankester was a founder of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (1884), proposing the idea in 1883, and serving as its second President (1890 – 1929).

Lankester described around 54 taxa and is honoured in the name of a genus of parasitic protozoa and in the names of a number of species under lankesteri.