Carl Bolle

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Carl Bolle
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Carl Bolle
BornNovember 21, 1821
DiedFebruary 17, 1909(1909-02-17) (aged 87)
Citizenship Germany
Scientific career

Carl August Bolle (21 November 1821, Schöneberg (Berlin) – 17 February 1909) was a German naturalist and collector.

Bolle was born at Berlin into a wealthy brewing family. He studied medicine and natural science at Berlin and Bonn. He visited the Cape Verde Islands and the Canary Islands in 1852 and 1856, and wrote Mein zweiter Beitrag zur Vogelkunde der Canarischen Inseln in 1857.[1]

Bolle was a founder member of the Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft (German Ornithological Society) in 1867, succeeding Alfred Brehm as Chairman in 1884.

The Bolle's laurel pigeon (Columba bollii) of the Canary Islands was named after him by Frederick DuCane Godman.

He also made contributions as a botanist, especially in the field of dendrology.[2] His herbarium was bequeathed to the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, although largely destroyed during World War II (1943).[3] The plant genus Bollea (family Orchidaceae) was named in his honor, but is now called Pescatoria.[4]


  1. ^ German Research Foundation (DFG) Mein zweiter Beitrag zur Vogelkunde der canarischen Inseln
  2. ^ Fakultät für Biologie und PsychologieAlbrecht-von-Haller-Institut für Pflanzenwissenschaften Department of Systematic Botany
  3. ^ JSTOR Global Plants (biography)
  4. ^ CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms by Umberto Quattrocchi
  5. ^ IPNI.  Bolle.
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