Libbie Henrietta Hyman


Birthday December 6, 1888

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace Des Moines, IA

DEATH DATE Aug 3, 1969 (80)

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Zoologist who published widely-used texts about vertebrate and invertebrate animals. She also served as the editor of the journal Systematic Zoology from 1959 to 1963.

Before Fame

She took an interest in botany in her childhood, learning to identify them with a textbook, but turned to zoology at the University of Chicago.


During her zoology studies she noticed that better texts were needed, so she wrote her own, among them a six-volume work on invertebrates that she never finished.

Family Life

She was born in in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph Hyman, a Polish-Russian immigrant.

Associated With

Arnold Ortmann, born about 20 years before her, was another well-known researcher on invertebrates.