Bidder family: Correspondence and papers

Scope and Content

Correspondence, papers and photographs relating to the Bidder family. Much of the material concerns the marine biologist George Parker Bidder.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Parker Bidder (1863-1953), marine biologist, attended Trinity College, Cambridge, 1882-1884. He settled in the city in 1902, and lectured on sponges in the university during the 1920s. He gave financial support to marine biological research, and was President of the Marine Biological Association in 1939. On the death of his father, George Parker Bidder (1836-1896), a writer on cryptography, he inherited managerial responsibilities in Cannock Chase Colliery and the Danish Gas Company. Bidder was a member of the provisional committee, and also the later committee, of the British Association, which organised a scientific expedition to examine a sector of the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns, Queensland. He was married to the botanist and physiologist Marion Greenwood (1862-1932).

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs C.G. Russell and family, 1987.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to the Bidder family, MSS.Add.7900, 8679, 8680, 8970 and 9227.

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