This Day in History: 1880-07-13

William Alford Lloyd (1824 – 1880) died on this day.
He was a British naturalist, the first professional aquarist, and proprietor of the first aquarium supplies business, The Aquarium Warehouse. Lloyd was inspired by Gosse’s book, The Aquarium (1854), and grew his interest into a business supplying the parlour aquarium craze. As his reputation grew Lloyd embarked on a career of setting up institutional aquariums across Europe, his projects included the aquarium at the Jardin d’Acclimatation de Paris, the Hamburg Aquarium (1862), the Crystal Palace Aquarium (c. 1869). and the aquaria at Stazione Zoologica at Naples (1873).

Lloyd is honoured in the name Cerianthus lloydii Gosse, 1859.