This Day In History: 1860-05-21


Barton Appler Bean (1860 – 1947) was born on this day.
He was a US ichthyologist at the United States National Museum (1881). Bean worked in the Division of Fishes under his brother, Tarleton Hoffman Bean, the noted ichthyologist and fisheries expert. In 1890, Barton Bean became Assistant Curator of the Division and he retained that title until his retirement in 1932. Bean also worked with the United States Fish Commission (later the Bureau of Fisheries). He may be best known for his collaboration with Henry Weed Fowler in his work on the Philippine fishes, published as part of the Bulletin of the United States National Museum, Number 100.

Bean is honoured in the names of a number of species under bartoni, bartonbeani, and beani(i) (the last may also apply to his brother).