Bidder, George Parker, 1863-1953 (marine biologist)
George Parker Bidder (1863-1953), marine biologist, attended Trinity College, Cambridge, 1882-84. He settled in the city in 1902 and lectured in the university on sponges during the 1920s. Bidder 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), 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. The expedition was led by Dr C.M. Yonge, physiologist, and left in May 1928. It established a base on the Low Isles in July 1928 and remained there until July 1929. The expedition enjoyed strong co-operation from Australian personnel and a large number of eminent Australian visitors visited the site. F.W. Moorhouse remained as Director of the government Marine Station which was established there in 1930.
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Correspondence, papers and photographs relating to the Bidder family. Much of the material concerns the marine biologist George Parker Bidder III.
Includes photographs of family and friends and also portraits of various public figures.
Correspondence and papers of George Parker Bidder concerning the Ankylostoma Enquiry and the Great Barrier Reef Expedition
Correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, articles, press cuttings and other papers.
Photographs of George Parker Bidder I, II, and III, George Parker Bidder III's children and their families, and the Bidder family homes. Draft versions of books on both the family history (believed unpublished), and a book on George Parker Bidder I (published, held in the UL). Also, a small number of papers, mainly relating to the grandchildren of George Parker Bidder III.