Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists:
Steenis, Cornelis Gijsbert Gerrit Jan
"Kees" van (Netherlands 1901-1986)
phytogeography, floristics, conservation
||Kees van Steenis, one the twentieth century's most
focused phytogeographers, knew early on that he wanted to work on tropical
floras. After finishing his Ph.D. at Utrecht he spent nearly twenty years
in Java, where he took an especial interest in conservation issues, and
conceived a plan to produce a Flora Malesiana series. On returning to
Europe he made this vision a reality, and now, after more than fifty years,
the project is still on track. Van Steenis himself contributed many volumes
and parts of volumes to the series, which has become his main scientific
legacy. Van Steenis' treatments of the plants of the Indonesian region
cover all the natural history bases--taxonomy, evolution, conservation,
and phytogeography--though unfortunately most of his earlier writings
are in Dutch and have not been translated.|
--born in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 31 October 1901.
--1915-1920: attends Municipal Secondary School in Utrecht
--1925: M.S., University of Utrecht
--1927: Ph.D., University of Utrecht
--1927-1946: botanist working at the Botanic Garden at Buitenzorg (Bogor),
--1931: publishes his first paper on nature conservation in Indonesia
--1935-1942: botanical co-editor of De Tropische Natuur
--1942-1943: under arrest by the Japanese
--1946-1949: stationed in the Netherlands
--1948: the first of the Flora Malesiana, Being an Illustrated Systematic
Account of the Malaysian Flora... comes out
--1950-1986: director and general editor of the Flora Malesiana Foundation
--1961: receives the Dutch Order of the Nederlandsche Leeuw
--1962: publishes "The Land-bridge Theory in Botany with Particular Reference
to Tropical Plants" in Blumea
--1962-1972: director of the Leiden Rijksherbarium
--1980: visits Papandajan volcano and North Sumatra
--dies on 14 May 1986.
--Blumea, Vol. 20(1) (1987): 1-37.
--Tropical Ecology, Vol. 13(1-4) (1972).
--Taxon, Vol. 35(4) (1986): 937-938.
--The Plant Diversity of Malesia: Proceedings of the Flora Malesiana
Symposium (1990): 1-9, 305-311.
--Taxonomic Literature, Vol. 5 (1985).
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