Sydney J. Hickson

Sydney John Hickson (25 June 1859 – 6 February 1940), FRS, was a British zoologist known for his groundbreaking research in evolution, embryology, genetics, and systematics.[1]

Hickson travelled in the Malay archipelago in 1885–1886.[2] He was appointed Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester in 1894 and was elected FRS in 1895. The Manchester Museum has many specimens of coral that came from Sydney Hickson, a specialist on corals. These include a number of type specimens of names published by Hickson and others, including Stanley Gardiner. Hickson's papers are held at the University of Manchester Library.[3]

Hickson's daughter Sylvia Kema Hickson (married name Guthrie) became a paediatrician in Manchester.[4]

Selected worksEdit

  • A naturalist in north Celebes. 1889.[5]
  • The fauna of the deep sea. 1894.[6]
  • The story of life in the seas. 1901.[7]


  1. ^ Gardiner 1941, p. 383.
  2. ^ "Hickson, Sydney John". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. pp. 837–838.
  3. ^ "ELGAR: Electronic Gateway to Archives at Rylands :: Display in Full". Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  4. ^ Lejeune, C. A. (1964) Thank You for Having Me. London: Hutchinson; p. 23
  5. ^ Guillemard, F. H. H. (20 March 1890). "Review: A Naturalist in North Celebes". Nature. 41 (1064): 457–458. doi:10.1038/041457a0.
  6. ^ "Review: The Fauna of the Deep Sea by Sydney J. Hickson". Book News. vol. 12. 1894. p. 296.
  7. ^ "Review: Story of Life in the Seas. The by Sydney J. Hickson". The Book News Monthly. vol. 21. 1903. p. 822.