This Day In History: 1869-06-10


Frank Mace MacFarland (1869 – 1951) was born on this day.
He was a US malacologist, recognised as the leading authority on nudibranchs of his time. MacFarland was associated with Stanford University throughout his career joining the faculty less than a year after the University first opened (1892) and played a leading role in organizing the Hopkins Marine Biological Station, which he was in charge of from 1910 to 1913 and co-director from 1915 to 1917. He was also actively associated with the California Academy of Sciences, of which he was successively, corresponding secretary, first vice-president, and for fourteen years its president and, following his retirement from teaching, serving for five years as acting director of the museum and the Steinhart Aquarium.

MacFarland described around 75 new taxa and is honoured in the names of a number of species under macfarlandi.