Henry Lee (naturalist)

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Henry Lee (1826? – 31 October 1888) was an English naturalist, known as an aquarium director and author.


Born in 1826 or 1827,[1] he succeeded John Keast Lord as naturalist of the Brighton Aquarium in 1872, and was for a time a director. At the aquarium he instituted experiments on the migration of smelts, the habits of the herring, whitebait, crayfish, and other topics.[2]

Lee was himself an amateur collector of natural history specimens and microscopist. He was a Fellow of the Linnean Society, Geological Society, and Zoological Society, in London. He was President of the Quekett Microscopical Club from 1875 to 1877. He died, after some years of ill-health, at Renton House, Brixton, on 31 October 1888.[2]

Lee was sceptical of the claims of cryptozoology and sea serpents. His book Sea Monsters Unmasked (1884) compared sightings of the Kraken to the squid.[3]


Lee produced Aquarium Notes for visitors. He wrote:

He was a contributor to Land and Water.[2]


  1. ^ Foote, Yolanda. "Lee, Henry". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/16290. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b c d Watkins 1892.
  3. ^ Binns, Ronald. (1984). The Loch Ness Mystery Solved. Prometheus Books. p. 207. ISBN 978-0879752781 "Monsters Unmasked (1884) was an earnest attempt to demolish the case for the Kraken and the sea-serpent, attributing such sightings to the squid."

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWatkins, Morgan George (1892). "Lee, Henry (1826-1888)". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 32. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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