This Day in History: 1874-05-09

Harriet Richardson (1874 – 1958) was born on this day.

She was a US carcinologist, Collaborator in the Division of Marine Invertebrates (1901) at the National Museum of Natural History, later known as the Smithsonian. Richardson was a near contemporary of Mary Rathbun who, along with Theodore Gill, was likely a mentor. Her married name was Harriet Richardson Searle (1913). She was a leading authority on isopods, author of 80 publications including her best known work A Monograph on the Isopods of North America (1905).

Richardson described about 70 genera and nearly 300 species of isopods and tanaids and is honoured in the names of a genus, Harrietella, and in the names of a number of species under richardsonae and harrietae.