Not since the great Adolf Remane in the early 20th century has there been a more influential researcher in gastrotrich systematics than William Dale “Bill” Hummon. Bill earned his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1969, where he performed foundational research on the marine gastrotrichs of New England: Distributional ecology of marine interstitial Gastrotricha from Woods Hole, Massachusetts, with taxonomic comments on previously described species. His Ph.D. research was the beginning of a life-long dedication to Gastrotricha, that enigmatic group of beautiful, meiofaunal invertebrates that have captured the attention of zoologists worldwide, and continue to inspire scientists in their quests to understand some of the greatest mysteries of animal evolution. Bill went on to become an inspiring professor of marine biology and zoology at Ohio University, Athens in 1969 (until 2002), and during his tenure participated in several international fellowships and scholarships across England,...

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