This Day In History: 1833-05-16


Jonas Axel Boeck (1833 – 1873) was born on this day.
He was a Norwegian marine biologist and a pioneer of fisheries science. Boeck is considered to be the first Norwegian fisheries scientist, and the country’s first herring researcher. He was mainly interested in amphipods and similar crustaceans, went on to research the Atlantic herring fishery investigating its periodicity by examining archival data, and combining scientific and historical approaches.

Boeck described around 360 taxa and is honoured in the names of numerous taxa and in the names of species under boecki(i).