This Day In History: 1884-07-12


Ronald Winckworth (1884 – 1950) was born on this day.
He was a British naturalist, who became President or Vice-President of three learned societies in the field, and who wrote on the topic of British and Indian mollusca. Amongst various teaching positions he spent a year as assistant at the Marine Biological Association’s laboratory at Plymouth before starting work at the Royal Society (1925) on publications and as Librarian, becoming Assistant Secretary in 1932 and Assistant Editor in 1937. Winckworth was acknowledged by conchologists all over the world as one of the foremost authorities of his time on marine molluscs, particularly those of European seas and the Indian Ocean. His collection of British marine shells, begun in 1911, was one of the most complete ever formed.

Winckworth described around 50 taxa of molluscs and is honoured in the names of a number of species under winckworthi.