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The Invertebrates Vol. 16 by Libbie Henrietta Hyman


About the author: At the request of the University of Chicago Press, Hyman wrote A Laboratory Manual for Elementary Zoology (1919), which promptly became widely used, to her astonishment. She followed this, again at the publisher's request, with A Laboratory Manual for Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy is a textbook written by Libbie Hyman on 1922 and released as the first edition under the University of Chicago press.(1922), which also had great success. She was, however, much more interested in invertebrate. By 1925 she was considering how to prepare a laboratory guide in that field but "was persuaded by [unnamed] colleagues to write an advanced text" (quoted in Hutchinson, p. 107). While at the University of Chicago, Hyman also wrote significant taxonomic papers on such invertebrates as the Turbellaria(flatworms) and North American species of the freshwater cnidarian HydraHydra (genus). She published an enlarged edition of her first laboratory manual in 1929. In 1931 Hyman concluded that she could live on the royalties of her published books, and she also recognized that her mentor Child was about to retire. She therefore resigned her position at Chicago. Hyman toured western Europe for fifteen months and then returned to begin writing a treatise on the invertebrates. Settling in New York City in order to use the library of the American Museum of Natural , she became, in December 1936, an unpaid research associate of the museum, which provided her with an office for the rest of her life. There Hyman created her six-volume treatise on invertebrates, The Invertebrates, drawing on her familiarity with several European languages and Russian which she had learned from her father. Without any assistant, she compiled notes from books and scientific papers, including those in the many journals to which she subscribed, organized the notes on cards, and wrote an account of each invertebrate group. Colleagues said that she had a prodigious memory. She took art lessons in order to illustrate her work professionally. She also spent several summers studying specimens and drawing illustrations at Bermuda Biological Laboratory, Marine Biological LaboratoryMarine Biological Laboratory, Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory, and Puget Sound Biological Station.

About the Book:
Volume I (Protozoa through Ctenophora) of The Invertebrates, published in February 1940, was acknowledged as "comprehensive" and "authoritative," with "illustrations designed for clarity and simplicity." Volume 2 (Platyhelminthes and Rhynchocoela) and Volume 3 (Acanthocephala, Aschelminthes, and Entoprocta), both published in 1951, were followed by Volume 4 (Echinodermata) in 1955, Volume 5 (Smaller Coelomate Groups) in 1959, and Volume 6 (Mollusca I) in 1967. Hyman's biographer Horace Wesley Stunkard noted that The Invertebrates "incorporates incisive analysis, judicious evaluation and masterly integration of information." Declining health did not allow her to finish the entire subject. The completed volumes, which continue to be significant references in zoology, represent an astonishing accomplishment by an individual.

Author: Libbie Henrietta Hyman
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, New York
Year: 1940-1968
Pages: 376+280+294+388+397+401=2126

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