• Born date: 1790-02-02
  • Born in: Plymouth
  • Death date: 1836-08-25
  • Death in: ItalY
William Elford Leach

William Elford Leach, FRS (2 February 1790 – 25 August 1836) was an English zoologist and marine biologist.Leach was born at Hoe Gate, Plymouth, the son of a solicitor. At the age of twelve he went to school in Exeter, studying anatomy and chemistry. By this time he was already collecting marine samples from Plymouth Sound and along the Devon coast.