This Day in History: 1840-12-24

Thomas Hughes Buffham was born on this day. A British phycologist and microscopist who made a significant contribution to the understanding of British marine flora. His collection of 1,330 marine algal specimens is held by the Natural History Museum.
Buffham described 9 species of marine algae and is honoured in the names of one genus and 3 species.

Phycology – derived from Phyco-, Greek, fukos, seaweed; -logy, logos, account, explanation, narrative, reasoning; study (post-classical) – the study of seaweed or algae.