Churchill Babington lived a fine life.
He was born at Rothley Temple in Leicestershire, England in 1821. In the following sixty-eight years of his life, he became an authority on botany, received a doctorate from Cambridge University, wrote several books on classical Greeks, and later in life worked in the clergy. When he died, he was vicar of Cockfield in Suffolk. (tee-hee-hee).
His life was so accomplished, any biography listing his accomplishments becomes difficult to read. For instance, I am told he was a renowned authority on Conchology. Wikipedia tells me this is the “scientific study of mollusc shells”. If that sounds very specific, it is. That’s just the way Babington liked it.
He was a known scholar of the classics, editing and publishing a number of volumes highly respected to this day, such as Bishop Peacock’s (tee-hee-hee) “Represser of Overmuch Blaming of the Clergy”, and a great work on the Greek classical period called On Behalf of Lycophron and Euxenippus. If only these were the kinds of titles favored today.
He was also a bird lover, much like our dear friend Sir Stamford Raffles, and wrote great works such as Catalogue of the Birds of Suffolk, with Remarks on Their Distribution.
As a noted botanist, he of course wrote about plants as well, at great length, such as this book, which has a title far too long for me to reproduce here, but which would probably translate well to a hip-hop song of some sort.
All in all, the world is a greater place because Churchill Babington lived in it. For those of you who are ardent fans of botany, birds, classical Greek, theology, or just names of places with “cock” in them, Babington is a great name to recall.