Charles Badham, eldest son of Dr. Charles Badham of London, was educated first at Westminster School. He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1822 and won a scholarship two years later. He took his degree in 1826. After studying medicine at Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1829 to 1833, he practised in Rome and Paris for several years until ill health forced him to abandon his medical career. He returned from abroad in 1845 and was ordained in 1847. For the remainder of his life, while holding curacies in East Anglia, he devoted himself to natural history. He was a frequent contributor to Blackwood's and Fraser's Magazines, and published three works, Insect Life (1845), The Esculent Funguses of England (1847) and Prose Halieutics, or Ancient and Modern Fish Tattle (1854). He died at East Bergholt in Suffolk.
G H Brown
[Al.Cantab., i, 112; Al.Oxon., I, 46; D.N.B., ii, 387]