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What's in a name? Over the last century the ROM has been home to some of this country's most distinguished scientists, researchers, and curators, many of whom have lent their names to newly discovered specimens.

Every newly discovered natural phenomenon (plant, animal, mineral, storm) needs a name, a unique moniker by which it can be distinguished from all others and most particularly from its close relatives. Over the last several centuries there has evolved a standardized naming protocol that is also a "classification" of the object in question that situates it in a higher order.

For instance, around 20,000 animal species are identified every year, according to the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature-some mammals, a few more amphibians, and many thousands of insects and other invertebrates. The scientists who identify the new species get to choose a name. Often they pick one that alludes to distinguishing features of the animal, or the location where it was found, or someone influential in their careers or vocations.

The names selected are not always terribly high-minded or serious. Take the Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae. A previously unnamed species of horse fly whose "dense golden hairs" on its lower abdomen inspired an Australian scientist in 2012 to name it in honour of pop diva Beyonce.

In honour of the ROM's upcoming centennial celebrations we thought it would be fun to compile a list of ROM staff who have been so recognized. They may not be as well known as the pop star du jour, but each one lives on in the thing to which his or her name has been attached.

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MADELEINE FRITZ (1896-1990)

1928: Serpulites fritzi, marine fauna

Palaeontologist at the ROM, 1924 to retirement in 1957 (though she continued in the University of Toronto Department of Geology until 1983). Educated at McGill and the U of T, a student of William Arthur Parks, Fritz rose to associate director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Palaeontology and professor of Geology at U of T. Was only the second woman in Canada to be elected a fellow in the Royal Society of Canada.

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LORIS SHANO RUSSELL (1903-1998)

1935: Ectypodus russelli, extinct mammal

Geologist, palaeobiologist, and curator. This "Mayflower descendant" was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Alberta. Earned a PhD in geology from Princeton, 1930. Appointed assistant director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Palaeontology in 1937, and was director from 1946 to 1950. In 1964, appointed chief biologist at the ROM and professor of geology at the U of T. He retired in 1971.

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WILLIAM BEVERLY (BEV) SCOTT (b. 1917)

1968: Chromis scotti, fish

Started at the ROM in a summer job in 1938, having impressed then Ichthyology curator J. R. Dymond with his passion for the subject. In 1947 was himself hired as acting curator of Ichthyology. Completed his PhD at the U of T in 1950 and thereafter was made curator. He was the first Canadian head of the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology. Together with student and later colleague Edwin J. Crossman, published The Freshwater Fishes of Canada, still considered the definitive reference work. In 1976, Scott left the ROM to become executive director of New Brunswick's Huntsman Marine Laboratory.

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RANDOLPH LEE (PETE) PETERSON (1920-1989)

1974: Eptesicus eptesicus petersoni, bat

Born in Texas, studied at Texas A&M. In 1946 he joined the ROM and upon completion of his PhD was appointed curator, Department of Mammalogy, a position he held until his retirement in 1985. In 1961, began collecting bats in Guyana and Trinidad, one of the longest active field research programs in the ROM's history and the foundation for the Museum's stellar reputation in this field ever since. "He left behind a fitting remembrance," says his official obituary: "the concept and design of a walk-through bat cave."

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ALEXANDER GORDON EDMUND (1924-2004)

1979: Belonopterus edmundi, shorebird

Joined the ROM as assistant curator in 1954, earned his PhD from Harvard in 1957, and was appointed curator of the ROM's Department of Palaeontology in 1966. He retired in 1989. In 1958 Edmund collected fauna from Peru's Talara tar pit and this naming gives credit to Edmund for all the work he did in collecting, transporting to the ROM, and preparing this material. Surprising fact: in 1973 Edmund won an Ontario Drama Festival Award for Lighting Design, for a production of Anything Goes.

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GLENN WIGGINS (1927-2013)

1987: Eubasilissa wigginsi, fly

Curator of entomology, ROM, and professor emeritus in the Department of ecology and evolutionary biology at U of T. Began his career at the ROM as assistant curator in 1952. Retired in 1992, though he continued his research as curator emeritus of entomology until his death. His research dealt with aquatic insects, especially the biosystematics of caddis flies. He received the 1992 Gold Medal from the Entomological Society of Canada for outstanding achievement. His publications include Biological Notes on an Old Farm: Exploring Common Things in the Kingdoms of Life, which was awarded the silver medal for a science book at the Independent Publishers Book Awards in 2010.

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JACK SATTERLY (1906-1993)

1978: Satterlyite, mineral

After undergraduate work at U of T, Satterly completed a PhD at Cambridge and post-doctoral work at Princeton. He first worked at the ROM as an assistant director from 1936 to 1939, whereupon he left to work for the Ontario Department of Mines and Northern Affairs. In 1971, he retired from the government and rejoined the ROM. He is remembered by the U of T Geology Department through the Jack Satterly Geochronology Laboratory. Satterly was also an avid amateur ornithologist who contributed to many field guides and bird atlases.

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JAMES & LOUISE TEMERTY

2013: Acheroraptor temertyorum, dinosaur

Named in 2013 by ROM palaeontologist David Evans, Acheroraptor is the youngest known dromaeosaurid dinosaur; it lived alongside T. rex and Triceratops. In a clever nod to the Hell Creek Formation where the fossil was discovered, the generic name is derived from Acheron, the River of Pain in the Underworld of ancient Greek mythology, combined with the Latin raptor, meaning robber. Evans chose the specific name to honour James and Louise Temerty for their outstanding service and contributions to the Museum and the Renaissance ROM dinosaur gallery that bears their name, as well as their enthusiastic support of palaeontology at the Royal Ontario Museum.

1899 Byronia annulata Marine invertebrate Byron (Sir) Edmund Walker, Chairman of the ROM Board

1899 Oryctocephalus walkeri Trilobite Byron (Sir) Edmund Walker, Chairman of the ROM Board

1912 Glaucocrinus falconeri Crinoid Robert Falconer, Member of the Board of Trustees

1915 Pycnomphalus colemani Gastropod A.P. Coleman, Director/Curator

1917 Aeshna walkeri Fly Edmund Morton Walker, first Curator of Entomology

1919 Atrypa parksi Brachiopod William Arthur Parks, Director/Curator

1920 Rhytimya colemani Bivalve mollusc A.P. Coleman, Director/Curator

1920 Whitella parksi Bivalve mollusc William Arthur Parks, Director/Curator

1921 Actinoceras parksi Cephalopod mollusc William Arthur Parks, Director/Curator

1922 Parasaurolophus walkeri Duck-billed dinosaur Byron (Sir) Edmund Walker, Chairman of the ROM Board

1926 Thescelosaurus warreni Hypsilophodont dinosaur (Mrs.) H.D. Warren, Board member

1927 Discoceras parksi Cephalopod mollusc William Arthur Parks, Director/Curator

1927 Octameroceras walkeri Cephalopod mollusc Thomas Leonard Walker, Director/Curator

1927 Parksoceras lepidodendroides Cephalopod mollusc William Arthur Parks, Director/Curator

1927 Phragmoceras parksi Cephalopod mollusc William Arthur Parks, Director/Curator

1928 Kionoceras dyeri Cephalopod mollusc W. S. Dyer, post-graduate student with W.A. Parks

1928 Serpulites fritzi Marine invertebrate Madeleine Alberta Fritz, Curator

1929 Leucichthys reighardi dymondi Fish John Dymond

1929 Spyroceras fritzi Cephalopod mollusc Madeleine Alberta Fritz, Curator

1935 Ectypodus russelli Multituberculate mammal Loris Shano Russell, Curator

1937 Parksosaurus warreni Herbivore dinosaur William Arthur Parks, Director/Curator

1937 Styracosaurus parksi Horned dinosaur William Arthur Parks, Director/Curator

1939 Musculiopsis russelli Freshwater mollusc Loris Shano Russell, Curator

1940 Chasmosaurus russelli Horned dinosaur Loris Shano Russell, Curator

1942 Ildraites fritzae Annelid worm jaws Madeleine Alberta Fritz, Curator

1943 Arcynopteryx walkeri Walker's Darner (Dragonfly) Edmund Morton Walker, first Curator of Entomology

1956 Actinostroma parksi Stromatoporoid William Arthur Parks, Director/Curator

1957 Thamnophyllum dyeri Coral W. S. Dyer, post-graduate student with W.A. Parks

1958 Disphyllum dyeri Coral W. S. Dyer, post-graduate student with W.A. Parks

1961 Cystostroma fritzae Stromatoporoid Madeleine Alberta Fritz, Curator

1962 Leiorhynchus russelli Brachiopod Loris Shano Russell, former Curator

1965 Palaeodipteron walkeri Perlodid stonefly Edmund Morton Walker, first Curator of Entomology

1968 Chromis scotti Fish Bev Scott, Curator of Ichthyology

1969 Quebecaspis russelli Placoderm fish Loris Shano Russell, Curator

1970 Adjidaumo russelli Eomyid rodent Loris Shano Russell, Curator

1970 Pristimantis tamsitti Frog James Tamsitt

1972 Lepidostomaglenni Caddisfly Glenn Wiggins, Curator of Entomology

1974 Eptesicus eptesicus petersoni Bat Randolph Peterson, Curator of Mammalogy

1974 Speocolpodes franiai Ground beetle Henry Frania, Departmental Associate

1974 Stegastes emeryi Fish Alan Emery, Curator of Ichthyology

1975 Forillonaria russelli Trilobite Loris Shano Russell, Curator

1975 Neogondolella bitteri Conodont Peter H. von Bitter, Curator Emeritus

1975 Phloeoxena picta franiae Ground beetle Henry Frania, Departmental Associate

1976 Ctenaspis russelli Ostracoderm fish Loris Shano Russell, Curator

1978 Satterlyite Mineral Jack Satterly, Curator, Mineralology

1978 Elphidotarsius russelli Carpolestid primate Loris Shano Russell, Curator

1978 Mandarinoite Mineral Joseph Anthony Mandarino, Curator Emeritus, Mineralology

1978 Neophylax wigginsi Caddisfly Glenn Wiggins, Curator of Entomology

1979 Alphadon russelli Marsupial mammal Loris Shano Russell, Curator

1979 Belonopterus edmundi Shorebird Alexander Gordon Edmund, Curator

1980 Gaitite Mineral Robert Gait Curator Emeritus, Mineralogy

1981 Mops petersoni Bat Randolph Peterson, Curator of Mammalogy

1981 Priscansermarinus barnetti Ambularcrarian (ex-barnacle) Robert Barnett, Technician, Board Sect'y, and VP

1981 Wicksite Mineral Frederick John Wicks, Curator, Mineralology

1982 Bembidion franiae Ground beetle Henry Frania, Departmental Associate

1982 Paratrechus franiai Ground beetle Henry Frania, Departmental Associate

1983 Farula wigginsi Caddisfly Glenn Wiggins, Curator of Entomology

1983 Sturmanite Mineral Bozidar Darko Sturman, Curator, Mineralology

1987 Eubasilissa wigginsi Fly Glenn Wiggins, Curator of Entomology

1989 Bemella vonbitteri Monoplacophoran Peter H. von Bitter, Curator Emeritus

1990 Marionina coatesae Enchytraeid worm Kathryn A. Coates, former Curator, Invertebrate Zoology

1990 Zyzzyzus calderi Hydroid Dale Calder, Curator Emeritus, Invertebrate Zoology

1991 Loxandrus franiai Ground beetle Henry Frania, Departmental Associate

1991 Simulium curriei Black Fly Doug Currie, Curator, Entomology

1992 Gastrocopta russelli Freshwater mollusc Loris Shano Russell, Curator

1992 Platynus franiai Ground beetle Henry Frania, Departmental Associate

1993 Cootiphora angustata Brown, 1993 Fly Lonny Coote, Graduate Student (Darling)

1993 Trimma emeryi Fish Alan Emery, Curator, Ichthyology

1994 Archaeotetraodon winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

1994 Neocorynothrips bruncurrum Thrip Doug Currie, Curator, Entomology

1994 Streptognathodus bitteri Conodont Peter H. von Bitter, Curator Emeritus

1994 Trimma winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

1995 Dercylus franiai Ground beetle Henry Frania, Departmental Associate

1995 Rachispoda swanni Stonefly John Swann, former Graduate Student

1996 Kathrynellaguyanae Alluroidid worm Kathryn A. Coates, Curator, Invertebrate Zoology

1996 Systasis darlingi Parasitic wasp Chris Darling, Curator, Entomology

1997 Psychomyia schefterae Caddisfly Patricia Schefter, Assistant Curator, Entomology

1997 Psychomyia wigginsi Caddisfly Glenn Wiggins, Curator, Entomology

1997 Simulium dojeycorium Black Fly Doug Currie, Curator, Entomology

1999 Goniurosaurus murphyi Gecko Bob Murphy, Curator, Herpetology

1999 Macgowaniajaniceps Ichthyosaur Christopher McGowan, Curator

2000 Congrogadus winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

2001 Brinkhurstia donaldi Alluroidid worm Don Stacey, Technician, Invertebrate Zoology

2001 Creagrutus holmi Fish Erling Holm

2001 Helicopha patriciae Caddisfly Patricia Schefter, Assistant Curator, Entomology

2001 Paramyia swanni Caddisfly John Swann, Graduate Student

2001 Tryonia russelli Freshwater mollusc Loris Shano Russell, Curator

2002 Abaris franiai Ground beetle Henry Frania, Departmental Associate

2002 Baiotomeus russelli Multituberculate mammal Loris Shano Russell, Curator

2002 Lepidostoma wigginsi Caddisfly Glenn Wiggins, former Curator of Entomology

2002 Stefania coxi Frog Carter Cox, former staff member in the Education Dept.

2002 Tropidophorus murphyi Lizard Bob Murphy, Curator of Herpetology

2002 Walkerite Mineral Thomas Leonard Walker, Director, Mineralology

2003 Boethella curriei Ichneumonid wasp Doug Currie, Curator of Entomology

2003 Boethella darlingi Ichneumonid wasp Chris Darling, Curator of Entomology

2003 Boethellaguidottiae Ichneumonid wasp Antonia Guidotti, Entomology Technician

2003 Boethella hubleyi Ichneumonid wasp Brad Hubley, Entomology Technician

2003 Goera hubleyi Caddisfly Brad Hubley, Entomology Technician

2003 Hanssuesia sternbergi Pachycephalosaur dinosaur Hans-Dieter Sues, Curator

2003 Rhyacophila curriei Caddisfly Doug Currie, Curator of Entomology

2004 Albertasuchipes russellia Crocodilian tracks Loris Shano Russell, Curator

2004 Goera schefterae Goby Patricia Schefter, Assistant Curator, Entomology

2004 Manonichthys winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

2004 Thyreodon darlingi Ichneumonid wasp Chris Darling, Curator, Entomology

2005 Feia dabra Fish David Winterbottom and Brad Hubley, Entomology

2005 Oligostomis wigginsi Caddisfly Glenn Wiggins, Curator of Entomology

2005 Pseudanos winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

2006 Orthopsyche schefterae Caddisfly Patricia Schefter, Assistant Curator, Entomology

2006 Parsonsite Mineral Arthur Leonard Parsons, Director, Mineralology

2007 Ascodipteron egeri Bat Parasite Judith Eger, Curator Emeritus, Mammalogy

2007 Aseraggodes winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

2007 Cryptoperla hubleyi Stonefly Brad Hubley, Entomology Technician

2007 Dohrniphora cootei Fly Lonny Coote, Graduate Student

2007 Neoperla darlingi Stonefly Chris Darling, Curator, Entomology

2007 Paniscomima darlingi Wasp Chris Darling, Curator, Entomology

2007 Peltoperlopsis swanni Fly John Swann, Graduate Student

2007 Phylloclusia darlingi Fly Chris Darling, Curator, Entomology

2007 Priolepis winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

2008 Alionematichthys winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

2008 Indoxiphia darlingi Wood wasp Chris Darling, Curator, Entomology

2008 Kamimuria curriei Stonefly Doug Currie, Curator, Entomology

2008 Miniopterus petersoni Bat Randolph Peterson, Curator, Mammalogy

2008 Neoperla hubleyi Stonefly Brad Hubley, Entomology Technician

2008 Trichogenia hubleyi Mayfly Brad Hubley, Entomology Technician

2009 Peatite Mineral Cynthia Peat, Technician, Mineralology

2009 Phryganopsyche wigginsi Caddisfly Glenn Wiggins, Curator of Entomology

2009 Ramikite Mineral Robert Ramik, Technician, Mineralology

2010 Eviota winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

2010 Halecium calderi Hydroid Dale Calder, Curator Emeritus, Invertebrate Zoology

2010 Herpetogastercollinsi "Cambroernid" Desmond Collins, Curator

2010 Parioglossus winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

2010 Phanoperla hubleyi Stonefly Brad Hubley, Entomology Technician

2011 Miniopterus egeri Bat Judith Eger, Curator Emeritus, Mammalogy

2011 Spinops sternbergorum Horned dinosaur Levi Sternberg, Technician

2011 Zebe darlingi Parasitic wasp Chris Darling, Curator, Entomology

2012 Gobiodon winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

2012 Gryphoceratops morrisoni Horned dinosaur Ian Morrison, Technician

2012 Sertularella maureenae Choong Hydroid Henry Choong, Technician

2013 Callogobius winterbottomi Fish Richard Winterbottom, Curator Emeritus, Ichthyology

2013 Sertularella calderi Hydroid Dale Calder, Curator Emeritus, Invertebrate Zoology

2013 Steedeite Mineral Anthony Steede, Volunteer

1981 Saedmunssonia bakerii Bird-feather lice Allan Baker, Curator, Ornithology

2013 Acheroraptortemertyorum Dinosaur Honours James and Louise Temerty, for their outstanding service and contributions to the Royal Ontario Museum. Specimen named and discovered by David Evans
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