This Day in History: 1818-07-15
Thomas Hincks (1818 – 1899) was born on this day. He was a British Unitarian minister and naturalist. Hincks was an enthusiastic amateur naturalist, when ill health forced him to resign from the ministry he devoted himself to the study of natural history, his publications include A history of the British hydroid zoophytes (1868) and A history of the British marine Polyzoa (1880). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (1872).
Hincks named 24 families, 52 genera and 360 species and subspecies of invertebrates, mostly Bryozoa and Hydrozoa, and is honoured in the names of a family of bryzoans, Hincksiporidae, four genera, and in the names of a number of species under hincksi(i).