Sydney Hickson Papers
Date range: 1885-1940
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Papers of the zoologist Sydney John Hickson (1859-1940), Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester from 1894 to 1926.
Hickson was primarily a marine biologist and was known as a world-expert on corals, which had studied extensively in the field. He was also interested in genetics and applied Darwinian ideas in his work on morphology and embryology
The collection contains a small amount of personal correspondence, lecture notes, photographs and a copy of Hickson's retirement speech. However, the most important items are the three personal diaries and a sketch book compiled during Hickson's expedition to the island of Celebes [Sulawesi] in the 1880s.
The diaries consist on a day-to-day account of Hickson's activities, some of his findings, and his personal thoughts and impressions of the island, both from anthropological and zoological points of view. They are an invaluable source of information not only for the fieldwork methods of Victorian zoologists, but also for contemporary Western impressions of Indonesia.
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