This Day in History: 1871-12-29
Dr William Thomas Calman was born on this day. A major figure in carcinology, Calman was a Scottish zoologist specializing in crustaceans who became keeper of zoology at the Natural History Museum, 1927 – 1936.
Calman described more than 230 taxa and is honoured in the names of around 50 species, mainly crustaceans.
Carcinology – derived from Carcin-, Greek, karkinos, crab, sore or ulcer, cancer; -ology, logos, account, explanation, narrative, reasoning; study (post-classical) – the study of crabs.