Hyman, came from a Polish village, name of Konin, located in a part of 1 Libbie Henrietta Hyman left with the Academy a brief autobiography of about. “This issue of Novitates consists of papers presented at a symposium on the life and work of American zoologist Dr. Libbie Henrietta Hyman, , held at. Hyman received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago (), where she had a research appointment (–31) under the.

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Hyman served as president jyman the Society of Systematic Zoology inand she edited the society’s journal, Systematic Zoology, from Hyman left Chicago to pursue the invertebrate work that interested her most-and found a welcome in G. There Hyman created her six-volume treatise on invertebrates, The Invertebratesdrawing on her familiarity with several European languages and Russianwhich she had learned from her father.

She returned insettling in New York City to begin writing her invertebrate treatise.

I had soon perceived that Child was the outstanding member of the Zoology Department, but his original ideas and thinking. She was, however, much more interested in invertebrates.

The handwritten text of Thorson’s message to Hardy is inside the card and thus is not visible because of the framing. Her father, twenty years older than her mother, worried about his declining fortunes and ignored his children, although he did have scholarly inclinations, keeping volumes of Dickens and Shakespeare, which Hyman read.

For this reason I have violently hated housework all my life. VII of the Invertebrate Zoology series. Libbie Henrietta Hyman Libbie Henrietta Hyman was a specialist in invertebrate nyman vertebrate zoology. In she left Chicago and traveled through Europe, where she visited the marine station at Naples.

Dodge and moved the family to Chicago. Those Hyman created as a graduate student assistant were so useful to Human students that they were published by the University of Chicago Press and and remained in print for many years, her efforts instructing and influencing generations of zoology students. About this time, also, Professor Child came to the retiring age.


Cather of the University of Michigan for his editorial help in the preparation of this manuscript. The treatise is essentially a compilation from the literature. She edited Systematic Zoology from to With the success of these laboratory manuals, Hyman began to contemplate writing a similar book on invertebrates to stimulate the teaching of her preferred subject.

The first volume of The Invertebrates appeared in I knew a good laboratory guide in this field was badly needed but was persuaded by colleagues to write an advanced text. Crawford arranged for Hyman to attend the University of Chicago with scholarship money that was available to top students.

Looking for other ways to read this? Hyman’s influence on invertebrate zoology in general. Her work in Child’s laboratory consisted of conducting physiological experiments on lower invertebrates, including hydras and flatworms. She therefore resigned her position at Libbid. At first I worked at home but about was made research associate honorary of the Museum and assigned an office.

She also produced a large body of work on other marine and freshwater Turbellaria, more than sixty papers in all.

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This I did, taking my doctor’s degree under him in Uncertain of her future, she began work in a local factory, pasting labels on cereal boxes. There was a problem with your submission. Her work on flatworms was very extensive, embracing all the major free-living groups, marine and terrestrial as well as freshwater.

Neil Landman outlines the history of that Department in the Museum, and Libbie’s connection with it.

Libbie Henrietta Hyman

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Although sometimes abrupt with adult visitors who interrupted her work, Hyman always responded to queries from students. She decided to devote herself full time to preparing a treatise on invertebrates and moved to New York City to use the library at the American Museum of Natural History. Please consider making a gift to JWA today! I became acquainted with the novels of Hmyan at an early age and have never ceased to admire and enjoy them.


Supporting herself as laboratory assistant in various zoology courses, she concluded that a better laboratory text was needed, which in time she was to supply. She devoted most of her time to study, with little socializing or leisure activity.

At that time, certain of Hyman’s papers, which give some of the best evidence for the phenomena in oibbie Child was interested, will perhaps come into their own. Hyman’s recognition began with publication of her first invertebrate volume. Still, the current best-accepted system clearly bears Hyman’s stamp; her views of evolution in the phylum and its taxonomy are still relevant”–P.

Journal of Biological Psychology 121—23; J. Hyman’s enduring fame and significance for modern evo-devo is primarily based upon her magisterial six-volume series The Invertebrates, which is the most encompassing single-author synthesis of invertebrate structure and development of the 20th century.

Her most important contribution was undoubtedly The Invertebrates. Libbie Hyman is the most influential comparative invertebrate zoologist of the 20th century in the English-speaking world.

A number of competing systems for these higher-level groupings have been proposed, and these are being tested with molecular techniques comparing gyman sequences. Finally she left him and went to work for a family named Posner.

Diane 5 years ago. At present I am working on volume VI, which is near completion, but the rapid decline of my health and strength in the last few years makes it impossible for me to continue the project. While at Chicago, she published more than 40 research articles in her own name, as well as the highly successful A Laboratory Manual for Elementary Zoology and and A Laboratory Manual for Hymaan Vertebrate Anatomy and Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks.