Herbert George Flaxman Spurrell
Herbert George Flaxman Spurrell (20 June 1877 – 8 November 1918), the biologist, physician and author, was the only son of the architect Herbert Spurrell and Harriet Rebecca Blaxland. He was a nephew of the archaeologist Flaxman Charles John Spurrell and a member of the Spurrell family of Norfolk.
A student of Gustav Mann, Spurrell went on to discover and classify fish, reptiles and frogs from the Gold Coast and South America, and was a Fellow of the Zoological Society. Among the species named after him are Spurrell's Free-tailed Bat and Spurrell's Woolly Bat.
He was also the author of a number of books, both scientific and fictional:
- The Commonwealth of Cells: Some popular essays on human physiology, 1901, Bailliere, Tindall & Cox
- Out of the Past, 1903, Greening
- At Sunrise: A story of the Beltane, 1904, Greening
- Patriotism: A biological study, 1911, George Bell & Sons
- Modern Man and his Forerunners: A short study of the human species living and extinct, 1917, George Bell & Sons
- Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Spurrell", p. 250).
- "RAMC profile of: Herbert George Flaxman SPURRELL M.A., M.B., B.Ch.". RAMC in the Great War. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
Obituary, The British Medical Journal, 30 November 1918