This Day In History: 1916-07-22


Edgar Albert Smith (1847 – 1916) died on this day.
He was a British zoologist, primarily a conchologist but also published on echinoderms. Smith was an Assistant Keeper of the Zoological Department of the British Museum (now Natural History Museum) (1867 – 1913), from 1871 in charge of the collection of molluscs. He studied and described molluscs brought back by various expeditions including those of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror (1839 – 43), the Arctic specimens of the polar voyage of HMS Alert and HMS Discovery (1875 – 6), the specimens of the Transit of Venus Expedition (1874 – 5) to the Kerguelen Islands, the shells procured during the voyages of the Alert to the Straits of Magellan and the Indo-Pacific (1878 – 82), the bivalves of the HMS Challenger Expedition (1873 – 6), and the collections of molluscs of the Southern Cross Expedition (1898–1900). His grave notably features the shell of a giant clam on top of the headstone.

Smith described numerous taxa and is honoured in the names of a number of species under edgari(i), edgariana, and smithi(i).