Catalogue description The Papers of Sidnie Milana Manton (1902-1979)

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Title: The Papers of Sidnie Milana Manton (1902-1979)

A. Correspondence


B. Papers


C. Photographs

Date: 1921-1979
Related material:

Her drawings of coral reefs are in the Zoology Drawings collection.

Held by: Natural History Museum Library and Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Manton, Sidnie Milana, 1902 - 1979, zoologist

Physical description: 3 series
Immediate source of acquisition:

These papers were transferred from the Crustacea Section of the Zoology Department in 1988.

  • Zoology
Administrative / biographical background:

Sidnie Manton was born in London on 4 May 1902, and was educated in Kensington and at St Pauls School. She entered Girton College, Cambridge in 1921, and read for the Natural Sciences Tripos. Sidnie Manton did research at Imperial College, London and then back in Cambridge, where she became University demonstrator in comparative anatomy. She visited Australia in 1928, and spent four months with the Great Barrier Reef expedition at Low Isles. Dr Manton married John P Harding in 1935, and moved to London soon after. She joined the staff of Knig's College, London, and became Reader in 1949. During her retirement she worked as an Honorary Associate at the Natural History Museum. Sidnie Manton died on 2 January 1979.


Sidnie Manton was an authority on the arthropods, and in particular on their embryology, modes of locomotion, feeding, and evolution. Her other passion was the breeding of cats.

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