Thomas Vere Hodgson

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Thomas Vere Hodgson
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The members of the Discovery expedition: Thomas Hodgson is on the far right
Born 1864 (1864)
Died 1926 (aged 61–62)

Thomas Vere Hodgson (1864–1926) was a biologist aboard H.M.S. Discovery during the Discovery Expedition of 1901–1904, known by the nickname Muggins.[1] He pursued his interest in marine biology initially in his spare time, but eventually found work at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. He worked on the collections from the Southern Cross Expedition,[2] before joining the Discovery expedition as one of its oldest members, at 37.[3] The post of naturalist had previously been offered to William Speirs Bruce, who declined, preferring to travel on the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition.[4] Hodgson's work on the Discovery provided the first descriptions of deep sea floor communities in the Antarctic.[5]

Hodgson was reappointed curator of the Plymouth Museum on his return and went on to study the collections from the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition of 1902–1904.[2] He died in May 1926.[2]

The National Marine Biological Library at the Marine Biological Association hold some of Hodgson's scientific notes in the MBA Archive Collection.[6]

Cape Hodgson, the northernmost point of Black Island in the Ross Archipelago is named after Thomas Hodgson.[3]

Hodgson was a fellow of the Anthropological Institute.[7]


  1. ^ "Some Antarctic Nicknames". The Antarctic Circle. April 24, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Meet the Crew of Scott's Discovery Expedition". Antarctic Heritage Trust. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Thomas Vere Hodgson - Biographical notes". Cool Antarctica. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Antarctic Explorer: Robert Falcon Scott". Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ "History of Antarctic Benthic Ecology: The Lost Experiments". California State University. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ T.V. Hodgson material in the MBA Archive Collection:
  7. ^ "List of Anthropological Institute Fellows in 1901". Englishness. Pitt Rivers Museum. Retrieved January 13, 2010.