This Day In History: 1876-06-15


Nelson Annandale (1876 – 1924) was born on this day.
He was a Scottish zoologist, interested in sponges, molluscs, and cnidarians. Annandale participated in the the Skeat expedition to the Malay archipelago (1899-1900), returning with the Annandale and Robinson expedition in 1903. He joined the Indian Museum in Calcutta as Deputy Superintendent of the Natural History Section in 1904, became deputy director in 1907, and established the Zoological Survey of India (1916) becoming its founder director.

Annandale described numerous taxa and is honoured in the name of a genus and the names of around 100 species under annandalei.