Francis Hamilton’s Gangetic Fishes – An Ichthyological Masterpiece ahead of its Time

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
02074344479 ext 211

EVENING LECTURE 18:00–19:00 Thursday 21 November 2019

Original Plate of Hamiltons Tetrodon Patoca
© the British Library

Francis Hamilton (nee Buchanan) was a Scottish naturalist employed as a Surgeon of the Honourable East India Company. Starting off as a knowledgeable botanist, he soon developed an interest in ichthyology and began collecting and documenting the fish species he encountered. With his unique approach, drafting descriptions and having illustrations of them drawn while the fish were still alive, he covered a total of 272 species. The results of his two visits to India (1795-1805, 1807-1815) were published in a monograph in 1822. The present talk will provide some background on and discuss interesting facets of the history of Hamilton’s Gangetic Fishes on the occasion of the publication of a new coloured edition.

Dr Ralf Britz is a fish taxonomist and anatomist who has worked on South Asian fishes for more than 20 years. He has described over 65 new fish species and published over 135 scientific papers on fishes.

    • This event is free and open to all.
    • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Doors will open at 17:30. Please note that the meeting room will open at 17:45, 15 minutes prior to the start of the talk.
    • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a white wine reception (cash bar).
    • Please note that Fellows-only tickets are limited to two tickets per Fellow (one for themself and a guest).

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