Sidnie Manton

Sidnie Milana Manton, FRS[1] (4 May 1902 – 2 January 1979) was a British entomologist.

Sidnie Manton
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Born(1902-05-04)4 May 1902
Died2 January 1979(1979-01-02) (aged 76)
EducationSt Paul's Girls' School
Alma materGirton College, Cambridge (Sc.D., 1934)
Spouse(s)John Philip Harding (m. 1937)
AwardsLinnean Medal (1963)
Frink Medal (1977)
Scientific career
FieldsEntomology, zoology
InstitutionsGirton College, Cambridge

Early lifeEdit

Sidnie Milana Manton was born in Kensington, London the daughter of a descendant of French aristocracy and a dentist. Her sister was the botanist Professor Irene Manton FRS. She was educated at the Froebel Demonstration School and at St. Paul's Girls' School before joining Girton College, Cambridge in 1921.


Manton joined Cambridge University and worked on the evolution of the arthropods, publishing "The Arthropoda: Habits, Functional Morphology and Evolution" in 1977.[2]

She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in March 1948.[1][3]

In 1992, the Manton crater on Venus was named after Sidnie Manton and her sister Irene Manton.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Manton married John Philip Harding in 1937. They had one son and one daughter.


  1. ^ a b Fryer, G. (1980). "Sidnie Milana Manton. 4 May 1902 – 2 January 1979". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 26: 327–356. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1980.0010.
  2. ^ "Manton, Sidnie Milana". Online Encyclopedia. Net Industries. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Lists of Royal Society Fellows 1660-2007". The Royal Society. Archived from the original on March 24, 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Sisters make their mark on Venus". New Scientist (1848). 7 November 1992. Retrieved 2 June 2019.