Thomas Hincks

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Thomas Hincks
Died25 January 1899
Clifton, Somerset, England
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of London
Known forzoophytes
Scientific career
FieldsNatural history

Thomas Hincks (1818 – 25 January 1899) was a British Unitarian minister and a naturalist known for his work on zoophytes and bryozoa.[1]


He was born the son of the William Hincks in Exeter, Devon. He studied at Manchester New College from 1833 to 1839 (while it was, confusingly, in York) and received his B.A. from the University of London.[2]

He became a Unitarian minister and served at Cork (1839), Dublin (1842), Warrington (1844), Exeter (1846), Sheffield (1852) and Leeds (1855). He lost his voice whilst at Mill Hill Chapel in Leeds, and had to resign. He retired to Clifton and studied zoophytes, especially in Devon.

He published A history of the British hydroid zoophytes (1868) and A history of the British marine Polyzoa (1880).[3]

In June 1872, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[4]

At least six genera and 13 species of invertebrates are named in his honour.


  1. ^ Calder, Dale R (October 2009). "The Reverend Thomas Hincks FRS (1818-1899): taxonomist of Bryozoa and Hydrozoa". Arch Nat Hist. England. 36 (2): 189–217. ISSN 0260-9541. PMID 20014505.
  2. ^ Carlyle, Edward Irving (1901). "Hincks, Thomas (1818-1899)" . Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. ^ "The Reverend Thomas Hincks FRS (1818-1899): taxonomist of Bryozoa and Hydrozoa". Arch Nat Hist. 36 (2): 189–217. October 2009. PMID 20014505.
  4. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 19 November 2010.[permanent dead link]