He was born in Hertfordshire, England, and was educated at Felsted in Essex. Admitted to Clare College, Cambridge in 1882, he almost immediately migrated to Jesus College, and later left Cambridge without taking a degree. He was offered an administrative cadetship in Sarawak by the second Rajah, Sir Charles Brooke, which he took up in 1884.
- Hose's Frog, Odorrana hosii found in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia
- Hose's Tree Frog, Philautus hosii endemic to Borneo: Indonesia and Malaysia prob. Brunei.
- Hose's Toad, Pedostibes hosii, toad in Southeast Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand
- Hose's Broadbill, Calyptomena hosii endemic to Borneo.
- Black Oriole, Oriolus hosii endemic to Borneo.
- Hose's Shrew or Bornean Pygmy Shrew, Suncus hosei endemic to Malaysia.
- Hose's Pygmy Flying Squirrel, Petaurillus hosei endemic to Malaysia.
- Four-striped Ground Squirrel, Lariscus hosei endemic to Borneo.
- Hose's Palm Civet, Diplogale hosei endemic to Borneo: East Malaysia and Brunei.
- Fraser’s Dolphin, Lagenodelphis hosei
- Hose’s Leaf Monkey, Presbytis hosei endemic to Borneo.
Books authored by Charles Hose include:
- A descriptive account of the mammals of Borneo (1893)
- The Pagan Tribes of Borneo (a Description of Their Physical Moral and Intellectual Condition with Some Discussion of Their Ethnic Relations) (with William McDougall) (1912)
- Natural Man: A Record from Borneo (1926)
- Fifty Years of Romance and Research - Or a Jungle-Wallah at Large (1927)
- The Field Book of a Jungle-Wallah: Being a Description of Shore, River and Forest Life in Sarawak (1929)
- Haddon, A. C. (20 November 1929). "Obituary: Dr. Charles Hose". Nature 124 (3135): 845. doi:10.1038/124845a0.
- "Hose, Charles". Who's Who, 59: pp. 877–878. 1907.
- "Hose, Charles (HS882C)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- http://zoohistory.co.uk/html/modules/Downloads/files/whowaswho.pdf A Zoological 'Who was Who' by Mike Grayson
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