This Day in History: 1905-06-11

Kikutaro Baba (1905 – 2001) was born on this day.
He was a Japanese malacologist, specialising in opistobranchs (sea slugs and bubble snails). Professor of Biology at Osaka Kyoiku University from 1949 to 1971. Amongst other publications Baba collaborated with the Emperor of Japan (Hirohito) on two major works, The Opisthobranchia of Sagami Bay (1949) and Supplement to Opisthobranchia of Sagami Bay (1955).

Baba is honoured in the names of three genera of nudibranchs and in the names of a number of species under babai and kikutarobabai.