This Day in History: 1859-06-25

Sydney J. Hickson (1859 – 1940) was born on this day.
He was a British zoologist, best known for his work on soft corals. Hickson undertook an expedition to northern Celebes (now Sulawesi) part of the Malay archipelago (1885 – 86) where he made a considerable collection of specimens, much of which is now held at the Manchester Museum. Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester (1894 – 1926). His publications include A naturalist in north Celebes (1889), The fauna of the deep sea (1894), and The story of life in the seas (1901).

Hickson described numerous taxa and is honoured in the name of a genus of gorgonians, Hicksonella, and in the names of a number of species under hicksoni.