This Day In History: 1846-06-08


Thomas Frederic Cheeseman (1846 – 1923) was born on this day.
He was a British born New Zealand naturalist, primarily a botanist, interested in opisthobranchs or sea slugs. In 1874 Cheeseman was appointed Secretary of the Auckland Institute and Curator of the (recently founded) Auckland Museum. He is remembered for his role in the scientific advancement of New Zealand natural history at a time when it was, for the greater part, poorly known, and for the development of the Auckland Museum.

Cheeseman described around 17 opisthobranch taxa along with two species of polyclads and is honoured in the names of 9 species under cheesemani(i).