Charles Spence Bate
He was born at Trenick House near Truro, the son of Charles Bate (1789–1872) and Harriet Spence (1788–1879). Charles adopted "Spence Bate" as his surname, perhaps to distinguish himself from his father, and used that name consistently in his publications; it was also used consistently by his contemporaries to refer to him.
He was an authority on the Crustacea, for which he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1861, and a frequent correspondent of Charles Darwin, mostly concerning their shared interest in barnacles. Together with John Obadiah Westwood, he wrote "A history of the British sessile-eyed Crustacea" in 1868. He wrote reports on the crustaceans collected during the HMS Challenger expedition of 1872-1876.
On 17 June 1847, at Littlehempston church, near Totnes, he married Emily Amelia, daughter of John Hele and sister of the Rev. Henry Hele, the rector; she died on 4 April 1884, leaving two sons and a daughter. Bate married for a second time in October 1887.
A number of species are named in his honour:
- Pseudoparatanais batei (G. O. Sars, 1882)
- Amphilochus spencebatei (Stebbing, 1876)
- Scyllarus batei (Holthuis, 1946)
- Costa batei (Brady, 1866)
- Periclimenes batei (Holthuis, 1959)
- S. De Grave & C. H. J. M. Fransen (2011). "Carideorum Catalogus: the Recent species of the dendrobranchiate, stenopodidean, procarididean and caridean shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda)". Zoologische Mededelingen. 85 (9): 195–589, figs. 1–59. ISBN 978-90-6519-200-4. Archived from the original on 2012-12-20.
- Anonymous (1889). "Obituary: Charles Spence Bate, L.D.S.R.C.S. Engl., F.R.S., etc.". Geological Magazine. 6 (11): 526–528. doi:10.1017/S0016756800189654.
- "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 2012-03-14.[permanent dead link]
- Courtney 1901.
- Hans G. Hansson. "Charles Spence Bate". Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names. Göteborgs Universitet. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Courtney, William Prideaux (1901). "Bate, Charles Spence". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement. London: Smith, Elder & Co.