This Day in History: 1867-08-14

John Otterbein Snyder (1867 – 1943) was born on this day. He was a US ichthyologist, student, later colleague of Jordan, associated with Stanford throughout his career. Instructor in Zoology at Stanford (1899 – 1943). Snyder accompanied Jordan on field trips to Mexico, Japan, and Hawaii, participated in several expeditions aboard the USS Albatross in the early 1900s. During the 1920s he worked with the California Bureau of Fisheries, one aspect of his research resulting in the successful canning of tuna as a staple foodstuff. Snyder organized the U.S. National Museum’s fish collection in 1925 (declining the directorship to return to Stanford).

Snyder described numerous taxa (many as junior author alongside Jordan) and is in honoured in the name of the Wasp fish genus Snyderina and in the names of a number of species under snyderi.