This Day In History: 1924-05-22


John E. “Jack” Randall (1924 – ) was born this day.
A US ichthyologist and leading authority on coral reef fishes, the first recipient of the Bleeker Award in Systematic Ichthyology (2005). Most of his career has been spent at the Bishop Museum, Hawaii, as Ichthyologist (1966 – 1984) then Senior Ichthyologist (1984 – onward). A prolific worker, Randall has described more than 600 species, authored 11 books including Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea (with G.R. Allen & R.C. Steene, 1990), Shore Fishes of Hawaii (1996), and Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific: New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands (2005), along with over 670 scientific papers and popular articles. He is also renowned for his photography of both underwater and newly collected specimens.

Randall is honoured in the names of two genera of fishes and in the names of species under jackrandalli, randalli, and randallorum.