Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Badham, Charles David

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BADHAM, CHARLES DAVID, M.D. (1806–1857), naturalist, son of Dr. Charles, and brother of Professor Badham of Sydney, was born in London in 1806, and educated at Eton and Oxford. After taking his degree he was appointed a travelling fellow of the university, and resided for a long time on the continent, especially at Rome and Paris. He became a fellow of the College of Physicians, but, the delicacy of his health proving an obstacle to his obtaining medical practice, he entered the church, and successively held curacies in Norfolk and Suffolk. He died on 14 .July 1857. He contributed extensively to Blackwood's and Fraser's Magazines, and wrote three valuable works: 1. 'Insect Life,' 1845. 2. 'The Esculent Funguses of England,' 1847, a book which embodied the results of much research on the continent, and introduced many varieties of wholesome mushrooms, previously neglected, to English tables. 3. 'Prose Halieutics, or Ancient and Modern Fish Tattle,' 1854, a delightful miscellany of zoological anecdotes and classical lore, especially valuable for its lively illustrations of Oppian and Athenæus, derived from the author s personal experience of the Mediterranean coasts.

[Fraser's Magazine, lvi. 152, 153.]

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