William Blaxland Benham

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Sir William Blaxland Benham KBE FRS[1] (29 March 1860–21 August 1950) was a New Zealand zoologist and biologist. He was born in London, England on 29 March 1860.[2] Presage of Darwin's Origin of Species. Death at age 90 as an opsimath, he'd audited some 170 or so scientific papers ranging panoptically from helminthology to malacology.[3]

Ray Lankester whom elaborated and enticed zoology, till the pursual became graduation, 1883 BSc and 1887 DSc, University College, London. Self-deprecating expediency to the tout of amiable primness, often confessing uncertainty in a field such as ornithology; his character frank, dapper, humorous, relentless and of orderliness.[4] A crewman aboard the 1908 Auckland Islands expedition and others, he gathered anatomical specimens for his studies and collections for work compeer as a curator at Otago University Museum. In 1898 Benham was appointed professor of biology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Transmigrating on the Kaikoura.


  1. ^ Benson, W. N. (1951). "William Blaxland Benham. 1860-1950". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 7 (20): 293–226. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1951.0001. JSTOR 769019.  edit
  2. ^ Morton, John. "William Blaxland Benham". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011. 
  3. ^ Benham, William Blaxland - Biography - Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3b27/benham-william-blaxland
  4. ^ Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961, Volume 80, 1952 http://rsnz.natlib.govt.nz/volume/rsnz_80/rsnz_80_01_002280.html