William G. Binney

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William G. Binney
Born William Greene Binney
(1833-10-22)October 22, 1833
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died October 22, 1909(1909-10-22) (aged 76)
Burlington, New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Fields Malacology, Conchology
Alma mater Harvard University
Spouse Marie Louise Chamberlain[1]

William Greene Binney (October 22, 1833 – August 3, 1909)[2] was an American malacologist, working mostly during the second half of the nineteenth century. He was responsible for volumes 4 and 5 of The Terrestrial Air-Breathing Mollusks of the United States [3] ,[4] a task he took over from his father, Amos Binney, and collaborator, Augustus Addison Gould. The ninety engraved plates which were part of volume 5, illustrating most of the then known land mollusk fauna, are particularly noteworthy.

Binney's obituary in the New York Times, included the following information:[5]


Taxa named in honor of Binney include:


  • The terrestrial air-breathing mollusks of the United States, and the adjacent territories of North America

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Henry P. Binney Family Papers
  2. ^ William Greene Binney
  3. ^ Binney, William G. 1859. The Terrestrial Air-Breathing Mollusks of the United States. Vol. 4. Boston MA: The Boston Journal of Natural History.
  4. ^ Binney, William G. 1878. The Terrestrial Air-Breathing Mollusks of the United States. Vol. 5. Cambridge MA: Harvard College Museum of Comparative Zoology.
  5. ^ http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9B02E7DE143EE033A25757C0A96E9C946897D6CF W. G. Binney obituary in 4 August 1909 The New York Times p.7