Johannes Hildebrandt

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Johannes Hildebrandt
Born 13 or 19 March 1847
Düsseldorf, Germany
Died 29 May 1881
Madagascar
Ethnicity German
Occupation explorer, collector, scientist

Johannes Maria Hildebrandt (born 13 or 19 March 1847; died 29 May 1881) was a German explorer, collector, and scientist.

Biography[edit]

Hildebrandt was born in Düsseldorf, Germany to a family of painters. Originally a machine maker, he lost an eye after an accident and became a gardener, eventually starting work in 1869 for the Berlin Botanical Garden. Between 1872 and 1881, Hildebrandt made a number of expeditions to the Horn of Africa and the African Great Lakes, collecting a large number of botanical and zoological specimens. His expeditions were for the most part modest affairs, but he discovered a number of new species. He also lectured widely and wrote about many aspects of the places he visited.

Hildebrandt died of a fever and bleeding stomach whilst on an expedition to Madagascar and was buried in the Norwegian Cemetery in Ambatovinaky. He gave his name to a number of species, including Encephalartos hildebrandtii, the Hildebrandt's Starling (Hildebrandt's Starling), and Hildebrandt's Francolin (Pternistis hildebrandti), the latter two which he discovered in Kenya in the African Great Lakes region.[1][2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Beentje, H.J. (1998). "J. M. Hildebrandt (1847 - 1881): Notes on His Travels and Plant Collections". Kew Bulletin 53 (4): 835–856. doi:10.2307/4118872. 
  2. ^ http://www.jstor.org/pss/4118872

References[edit]

  • Beentje, H.J. (1998). "J. M. Hildebrandt (1847 - 1881): Notes on His Travels and Plant Collections". Kew Bulletin 53 (4). 

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