Edward Turner Bennett (6 January 1797 – 21 August 1836) was an English zoologist and writer. He was the elder brother of the botanist John Joseph Bennett.[1] Bennett was born at Hackney and practiced as a surgeon, but his chief pursuit was always zoology. In 1822, he attempted to establish an entomological society, which later became a zoological society in connection with the Linnean Society. This in turn became the starting point of the Zoological Society of London, of which Bennett was Secretary from 1831 to 1836.[2] His works included The Tower Menagerie (1829) and The Gardens and Menagerie of the Zoological Society (1831). He also wrote, in conjunction with George Tradescant Lay, the section on Fishes in the Zoology of Beechey's Voyage (1839). In 1835, he described a new species of African crocodile, Mecistops leptorhynchus, the validity of which was confirmed in 2018.

Edward Turner Bennett
Born(1797-01-06)6 January 1797
Hackney, Middlesex (now London)
Died21 August 1836(1836-08-21) (aged 39)
Known forNew species of African crocodile, Mecistops leptorhynchus
Scientific career
FieldsMedicine, zoology
InstitutionsZoological Society of London
Author abbrev. (zoology)Bennett

See also



  1. ^ Bennett, Edward Turner (1797-1836), zoologist by J. C. Edwards in Dictionary of National Biography online (accessed 21 July 2008)
  2. ^ Mullens, W. H., and H. Kirke Swann. A Bibliography of British Ornithology from the Earliest Times to the End of 1912. London, England: Macmillan, 1917. (Accessed on 5/10/2014.)
Preceded by Secretary of the Zoological Society of London
Succeeded by