William Benham (zoologist)

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

William Blaxland Benham (1860–1950) taken in 1907


He was born in Isleworth, Middlesex, England, on 29 March 1860. He studied at Marlborough College and London University and taught at Bedford College, London (now part of Royal Holloway, University of London)[2] before moving to New Zealand in 1898.[3] He was a member of the 1907 Sub-Antarctic Islands Scientific Expedition.[4] From 1905 to 1911 he was the Governor in Council of the Board of Governors of the New Zealand Institute.[5]

He retired in 1936, and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1939 King's Birthday Honours.[3][6]

Selected publications

  • Harmer, S. F.; Shipley, A. E., eds. (1896). ""Archiannelida, Polychaeta, and Myzostomaria" by W. Blaxland Benham". The Cambridge Nature History, Vol. II. pp. 241–346.[7]
  • Benham, W. Blaxland (1901). Lankester, Ray (ed.). Part IV. The Platyhelmia, Mesozoa and Nemertini. A Treatise on Zoology. Adam and Charles Black.[8]


  1. Benson, W. N. (1951). "William Blaxland Benham. 1860–1950". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 7 (20): 293–301. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1951.0001. JSTOR 769019.
  2. Benham, William. "Biography of Sir William Benham" (PDF). Illinois Natural History Survey. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  3. 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. 80. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  4. Morton, John. "William Blaxland Benham". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  5. "Benham, William Blaxland". Who's Who: 165. 1916.
  6. "No. 34633". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 1939. p. 3866.
  7. "Review of The Cambridge Nature History, Vol. II". The Cambridge Review. 18: 229–230. 11 February 1897.
  8. "Review of The Platyhelmia, Mesozoa and Nemertini by W. B. Benham". Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art. 93 (2418): 269–270. 1 March 1902.