The Info List - Edwin Stephen Goodrich

Edwin Stephen Goodrich FRS[1] (Weston-super-Mare, 21 June 1868 – Oxford, 6 January 1946), was an English zoologist, specialising in comparative anatomy, embryology, palaeontology, and evolution. He held the Linacre Chair of Zoology in the University of Oxford
from 1921 to 1946. He served as editor of the Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science from 1920 until his death.[2]


1 Life 2 Career 3 Selected works 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links

Life[edit] Goodrich's father died when Goodrich was only two weeks old, and his mother took her children to live with her mother at Pau, France, where he attended the local English school and a French lycée. In 1888 he entered the Slade School of Art
Slade School of Art
at University College London; there he met E. Ray Lankester, who interested him in zoology.[1] On coming to Oxford
from London, Goodrich entered Merton College, Oxford
as an undergraduate in 1892 and, while acting as assistant to Lankester, read for the final honour school in Zoology; he was awarded the Rolleston Memorial Prize in 1894 and graduated with first-class honours the following year.[2] In 1913 Goodrich married Helen Pixell, a distinguished protozoologist, who helped greatly with his work. His artistic training always stood him in good stead. He drew diagrams of beauty and clarity whilst lecturing (students used to photograph the blackboard before it was erased), and in his books and papers. He also exhibited his watercolor landscapes in London. Goodrich was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1905 and received its Royal Medal
Royal Medal
in 1936. He was honorary member of the New York Academy of Science
New York Academy of Science
and of many other academies, and awarded many honorary doctorates. In 1945 Lev Berg
Lev Berg
of Leningrad
sent a message through Julian Huxley: "Please tell [Goodrich] that... we all regard ourselves as his pupils." A small, dapper, thin man with a dry sense of humor, he always complained that, when travelling by air, he was not weighed with his luggage, since his own weight was only half that of an average passenger.[1] Career[edit] When Lankester became Linacre Professor of Comparative Anatomy at Merton College, he made Goodrich his assistant in 1892; this marked the start of the researches which during half a century made Goodrich the greatest comparative anatomist of his day. In 1921 Goodrich was appointed to his mentor's old post, which he held until 1945. From the start of his researches, many of which were devoted to marine organisms, Goodrich made himself acquainted at first hand with the marine fauna of Plymouth, Roscoff, Banyuls, Naples, Helgoland, Bermuda, Madeira, and the Canary Islands. He also travelled extensively in Europe, the United States, North Africa, India, Ceylon, Malaya, and Java. He worked out the significance of the tubes connecting the centres of the bodies of animals with the outside. There are nephridia, developed from the outer layer inward and serving the function of excretion. Quite different from them are coelomoducts, developed from the middle layer outward, serving to release the germ cells. These two sets of tubes may look similar, when each opens into the body cavity through a funnel surrounded by cilia which create a current of fluid. In some groups the nephridia may disappear (as in vertebrates, where the nephridia may have been converted into the thymus gland), and the coelomoducts then take on the additional function of excretion. This is why man has a genitourinary system. Before Goodrich's analysis, the whole subject was in chaos. Goodrich established that a motor nerve remains linked to its corresponding segmental muscle, however much it may have become displaced or obscured in development. He showed that organs can be homologous without arising from the same segments of the body. For example, the fins and limbs of vertebrates; and the occipital arch (the back of the skull), which varies in vertebrates from the fifth to the ninth segment. He distinguished between the scale structures of fishes, living and fossil, by which they are classified and recognised. This is important because different strata may identified by fossil fish scales. Goodrich's attention was always focused on evolution, to which he made notable contributions, firmly adhering to Darwin's theory of natural selection.[1] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of the Royal Society
in May 1905.[3] On his seventieth birthday, in 1938, his colleagues and pupils published a festschrift[4] edited by Gavin de Beer: Evolution: essays on aspects of evolutionary biology. Selected works[edit]

Goodrich E.S. 1909. The Vertebrata Craniata (Cyclostomes and Fishes). Volume IX of Lankester E. Ray (ed) Treatise on Zoology, London. Goodrich, Edwin S. 1924. Living organisms: an account of their origin and evolution. Oxford
University Press. Goodrich E.S. 1930. Studies on the structure and development of Vertebrates. Macmillan, London. xxx+837p, 754 figures. One of the great works of vertebrate comparative anatomy. Goodrich E.S. 1895. On the coelom, genital ducts, and nephridia. Q.J.M.S. 37, 477–510. Goodrich E.S. 1913. Metameric segmentation and homology, Q.J.M.S. 59, 227–248. Goodrich E.S. 1927. The problem of the sympathetic nervous system from the morphological point of view. Proceedings of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Journal of Anatomy 61, p499. Goodrich E.S. 1934. The early development of the nephridia in Amphioxus, Introduction and part I: Hatschek's Nephridium. Q.J.M.S. 76, 499–510. Goodrich E.S. 1934. 'The early development of the nephridia in Amphioxus, part II: The paired nephridia. Q.J.M.S. 76, 655–674. Goodrich E.S. 1945. The study of nephridia and genital ducts since 1895. Q.J.M.S. 86, 113–392.


^ a b c d de Beer, Gavin (1947). "Edwin Stephen Goodrich. 1868–1946". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 5 (15): 477. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1947.0013.  ^ a b Hardy, A. C. (1946). "Edwin Stephen Goodrich, 1868–1946". Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science. 87 (4): 317–355. PMID 20286258.  ^ "Lists of Royal Society Fellows 1660–2007" (PDF). London: The Royal Society. Retrieved 17 July 2010.  ^ a volume of essays in his honour

Further reading[edit]

Dictionary of Scientific Biography – biography by Gavin de Beer

External links[edit]

Works written by or about Edwin Stephen Goodrich at Wikisource

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