Sir Edwin Ray Lankester FRS (1847-1929) Ray Lankester was a brilliant zoologist who studied arthropods, molluscs and protozoans. His teaching career began under Professor T.H. Huxley at the then Royal College of Science, but he later held chairs at University College London (1874-90) and at Oxford (1891-98). He was also Director of the Natural History Museum (1898-1907) as referenced in David Walliams' book The Ice Monster. He was effectively the founder of the MBA which originated at the International Fisheries Exhibition in 1883, and was Honorary Secretary of the MBA from 1884 until he became President in 1890. Lankester actively promoted fishery research at Plymouth and was instrumental in obtaining the grant from the government for the MBA to conduct the English share of the International North Sea investigations, 1902-09.
The ceremony marking the opening of the MBA laboratory on Citadel Hill, Plymouth, on 30 June 1888. E. Ray Lankester is 4th from the left in the front row.
Today, researchers can apply for a Fellowship named in Ray Lankester's honour. Find out more about E. Ray Lankester on Wikipedia.