Smith, Sidney I. (Sidney Irving), 1843-1926

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Biographical History

Sidney I. Smith (1843-1926) was born February 18, 1843 in Norway, Maine. His primary area of study was marine invertebrates focusing on crustaceans. His interest in natural history developed early in childhood, through the influence of his brother-in-law, Addison E. Verrill, who was a student of Louis Agassiz at Harvard University. Smith attended Yale University, eventually earning his Ph.B. in 1867. Shortly after graduation, he became an assistant in zoology in the Sheffield Scientific School, later becoming professor of comparative anatomy (1875) and remained until his retirement in 1906. Smith had several positions beyond his professorship which included working as a zoologist with the United States Lake Survey (1871); taking part in expeditions in Long Island Sound and in the Bay of Fundy; and working several seasons with the U.S. Fish Commission. He was also one of the founders of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole. He was married in 1882 to Eugenia Pocahontas Barber.


Coe, Wesley R. (1929). “Biographical Memoir of Sidney Irving Smith 1843-1926.” National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Biographical Memoirs Retrieved October 4, 2013 from

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