Rev. Dr. William Henry Dallinger F.R.S. (July 5, 1839 – November 7, 1909) was a British minister in the Wesleyan Methodist Church. He was also an accomplished scientist, being the first to study the complete lifecycle of unicellular organisms under the microscope and studying the adaptation of such organisms to temperature.
He made numerous contributions to microscopy, and was president of the Quekett Microscopical Club from 1889 to 1892. Dallinger was awarded three honorary doctorates, the Ll.D. from Victoria College, Toronto in 1884, the D.Sc. from Dublin in 1892, and the D.L.C. from Durham in 1896.
Dallinger was married to Emma Ion Goldsmith (1842-1910). They had one child, son Percy Gough (1867-1930).
Selected scientific publications by Dallinger
- W. Dallinger (1872) Should the naturalist recognize a fourth kingdom in nature? Lit. Phil. Soc. Lpool Proc. 26, 286.
- W. Dallinger and J. Drysdale (1873) Researches on the life history of a Cercomonade: a lesson in biogenesis. Mon. Microscp. Jl. 10, 52-58.
- W. Dallinger (1878) On the life-history of a minute septic organism: with an account of experiments made to determine its thermal death point. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 27, 332-350.
- W. Dallinger (1887) The President's Address. Jl. R. Microscp. Soc. 184-199.
- Haas, J. W., Jr (January 2000). "The Reverend Dr William Henry Dallinger, F.R.S. (1839-1909)". Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 54 (1): 53–65.
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