William Benham (zoologist)

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Benham in 1907

Sir William Blaxland Benham KBE FRS (29 March 1860 – 21 August 1950) was a New Zealand zoologist.[1]

He was born in Isleworth, Middlesex, England on 29 March 1860. He studied at Marlborough College and London University and taught before moving to New Zealand in 1898.[2] He was a member of the 1907 Sub-Antarctic Islands Scientific Expedition.[3]

He retired in 1936 and was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1939 Birthday Honours.[2][4]


  1. ^ Benson, W. N. (1951). "William Blaxland Benham. 1860–1950". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 7 (20): 293–301. JSTOR 769019. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1951.0001. 
  2. ^ a b Miller, David (1950). "Sir William Blaxland Benham, K.B.E., F.R.S., (1860–1950)". Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868–1961. 80. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Morton, John. "William Blaxland Benham". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "No. 34633". The London Gazette (Supplement). 6 June 1939. p. 3866. 

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