Annie Elisabeth Law (1842–1889) was a British-American conchologist, who discovered 11 species and one genus of mollusks, but did not publish formal descriptions of them.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Annie Law was born in 1842[2] in Carlisle, England, the first of three children of John Law.[3] The family migrated to the United States in around 1850, settling in Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee.[3]

After her parents had died, Law spent time in California, including four years in Hollister, San Benito County, and later at Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, where she died on 12 January 1889[3]

ConchologyEdit

Law collected specimens in the mountainous regions of North Carolina and Tennessee.[1] She corresponded with James Lewis, who published a paper describing her finds in the Holston River,[4] and other papers formally describing the species she discovered. Species she discovered include the following, two of which were named in her honor:[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ogilvie, Marilyn Bailey; Harvey, Joy Dorothy (2000). The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science: L-Z. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780415920407.
  2. ^ Coan, Eugene V.; Kabat, Alan R. 2,400 Years of Malacology (PDF) (12th ed.). American Malacological Society. p. 595.
  3. ^ a b c d Anon. "Annie E. Law". The Nautilus. 41 (1): 132–133.
  4. ^ Lewis, James (1870). "On the Shells of the Holston River". Am. J. Conchol. VI: 216-.
  5. ^ a b c Lewis, James (1 May 1875). "Descriptions of New Species of American Land and Freshwater Shells". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 27 (2): 334–337. ISSN 0097-3157. JSTOR 4624495.
  6. ^ Lewis, James (1 April 1874). "Description of a New Species of Helix". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 26 (2): 118–119. ISSN 0097-3157. JSTOR 4624414.
  7. ^ Lea, Isaac (1 April 1871). "Descriptions of Twenty New Species of Uniones of the United States". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 23 (2): 189–193. ISSN 0097-3157. JSTOR 4624172.
  8. ^ Lewis, James (1875). "Descriptions of New Species of American Land and Freshwater Shells". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. 27 (2): 334–337. ISSN 0097-3157. JSTOR 4624495.
  • M. B. Williamson, 1894. Miss Annie Law, a Tennessee conchologist. The New Cycle (Federation of Women’s Clubs, New York) 7(8): 256-259