If you look at the Latin names of snails there is usually the name of a person following it,for example:Achatina fulica Bowdich,1822.This is the name of the person who first described the species,although sometimes there's disagreement about who was the first person to describe the species. These people were malacologists or conchologists,professionals or amateurs. Information about their lives is often hard to find with the exception of a few. I've tried to collect as much information as I could about the most well known malacologists.
W.H.Dall Lamarck C.S.Rafinesque Thomas Say W.Swainson