Charles Tate Regan

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Charles Regan FRS
Charles Tate Regan Queens' College Cambridge Football Team 1900-1901.jpg
Born1 February 1878 (1878-02)
Died12 January 1943 (1943-01-13) (aged 64)
Known forfish classification schemes

Charles Tate Regan FRS[1] (1 February 1878 – 12 January 1943) was a British ichthyologist, working mainly around the beginning of the 20th century. He did extensive work on fish classification schemes.

Born in Sherborne, Dorset, he was educated at Derby School and Queens' College, Cambridge and in 1901 joined the staff of the Natural History Museum, where he became Keeper of Zoology, and later director of the entire museum, in which role he served from 1927 to 1938.

Regan was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1917.[1]

Regan mentored a number of scientists, among them Ethelwynn Trewavas, who continued his work at the British Natural History Museum.

Among the species he described is the Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens). In turn, a number of fish species have been named regani in his honour:

Convict julie – a fish whose scientific name is Julidochromis regani (named after Charles Regan)


  1. ^ a b Burne, R. H.; Norman, J. R. (1943). "Charles Tate Regan. 1878–1943". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 4 (12): 411. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1943.0012. S2CID 162238304.

Further reading[edit]

  • Regan, C. T. (1908) "A revision of the British and Irish fishes of the genus Coregonus " Annals and Magazine of Natural History 2, 482–490
  • Regan, C. T. (1911) The Freshwater Fishes of the British Isles Methuen & Co. Ltd.: London