This Day in History: 1961-07-02

Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) died on this day.
He was a US novelist known for his interest in sport fishing. In 1934 Hemingway was approached by Charles Cadwalader, Managing Director of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, requesting his assistance in a research project in Cuban waters. Hemingway’s skills as a fisherman had been recommended in connection with a research project to study the life histories, migrations, and classifications of Atlantic marlin, tuna, and sailfish. In August 1934, he, Cadwalader, and Ichthyologist Fowler spent a month on Hemingway’s boat the Pilar, catching, measuring, and classifying numerous catches. The results enabled Fowler to more accurately classify the marlin of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hemingway’s contributions are honoured by Fowler in the name of the Spinycheek scorpionfish, Neomerinthe hemingwayi.