This Day In History: 1901-05-18


Isabella Gordon (1901 – 1988) was born on this day.
She was a Scottish marine biologist, initially working with echinoderms, later becoming an authority on crustacea.
Gordon was the first woman to be appointed as a full-time permanent member of staff at the Natural History Museum, London. She was Assistant Keeper with responsibility for the Crustacea Section (1928), then, when the Crustacea Section was split into two parts, Principal Scientific Officer managing malacostraca (1937).
Her obituary referred to her as The Grand Old Lady of Carcinology.

Gordon published widely on crustaceans and is honoured in the name of a genus of solenocerid shrimps and in the names of a number of species under gordonae and gordoni.