Charles Hose

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Dayak man in gala costume.
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Charles Hose (12 October 1863 - 14 November 1929) was a British colonial administrator, zoologist and ethnologist.

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.[1] He was offered an administrative cadetship in Sarawak by the second Rajah, Sir Charles Brooke, which he took up in 1884.

Several species named to commemorate his work[2] as zoologist:






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)


  1. ^ "Hose, Charles (HS882C)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ A Zoological 'Who was Who' by Mike Grayson

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