HARMER, Sidney Frederic (1862-1950), zoologist. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON MEDAL 1827. Silver medal engraved S.F.HARMER. CHEMISTRY. 1879-1880. Third Prize". 38mm. EF.
Sidney Frederic Harmer was born in Heigham, Norwich, Norfolk, in 1862, the son of Frederic William Harmer, wool merchant and manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Young Lyon. He was educated at Amersham Hall, Reading, and at seventeen won a mathematical scholarship to University College, London, where he studied natural sciences [and where he was awarded this medal].
Harmer went to King's College, Cambridge, where he had a distinguished career as exhibitioner, scholar, and fellow. In 1885 he became university lecturer in advanced invertebrate morphology, and five years later became superintendent of the University Museum of Zoology. Harmer was appointed keeper of zoology at the British Museum (Natural History) in 1907 and from 1919 to 1927 was its director. Throughout his life he inspired affection by his gentleness, courtesy, and kindness. (ODNB)