Henry Ogg Forbes
Henry was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, he then studied Medicine at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh, An eye injury forced him to abandon his studies and he did not graduate. From 1875 he began collecting scientific samples: firstly in Portugal and from 1878 to 1884 he made extensive collections in Indonesia.
Forbes was active primarily in the Moluccas, Sumatra and New Guinea. His unusual tasks there also included tracking down the murderers of Captain J. C. Craig on Joannet Island in his temporary capacity as a government agent. In 1887 he was appointed meteorological observer at Port Moresby in south Indonesia and used this opportunity to attempt further exploration of the island interior. The map he made from these explorations was deemed "unreliable" and he was not paid for his efforts. Disgruntled he decided to return to Britain. However he made a major stay in New Zealand before achieving this.
He served as Director of the Canterbury Museum in New Zealand between 1890 and 1893, and eventually moved to Liverpool, England, where he served as a consulting Director of Museums there until his death.
Henry Ogg Forbes dedicated his book A Naturalist's Wanderings in the Eastern Archipelago to the zoologist William Alexander Forbes, who died on an expedition to West Africa in 1883. They had been friends and classmate at the University of Edinburgh. Forbes is mentioned in A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.
His older brother George Stuart Forbes (1849–1940) came to fame in the Indian Civil Service and was knighted for these services.
Henry married Annabella Keith in Batavia in 1882.
Cucumber tree (Dendrosicyos socotranus) photograph by Forbes
Dragon's blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari ) photograph by Forbes
Frankincense and Adenium trees photograph by Forbes
View of Southern Face of Gebel Saleh, Abd al Kuri
- Forbes, H. O. (1883). "On the habits of Thomisus decipiens, a spider from Sumatra". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 1883: 586–588.
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- Gibbney, H. J. Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University – via Australian Dictionary of Biography.
- "obit. Dr. H. O. Forbes". Nature. 131 (3309): 460–461. 1 April 1933. doi:10.1038/131460a0.
- Forbes, Henry O. (1885). A Naturalist's Wanderings in the Eastern Archipelago: A Narrative of Travel and Exploration from 1878 to 1883. NY: Harpers & Brothers.
- Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Forbes, H. O.", pp. 91–92).
- IPNI. H.O.Forbes.
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