James Richardson Logan

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James Richardson Logan (b 10 April 1819 Berwickshire, Scotland, d 20 October 1869 Penang, Straits Settlements) was the man who popularised the name Indonesia after it was coined by the English ethnologist George Windsor Earl.[1][2][3] He was a prominent lawyer, an editor of the Penang Gazette and a former student of Earl who in 1850 published the term 'Indu-nesians' to describe the peoples of the region.[4] In 1847, while living in Singapore, Logan founded a scholarly periodical, the Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia, and both edited and contributed to the journal until 1862.[5]

Logan died on 20 October 1869 and is buried at the Old Protestant Cemetery in George Town. A marble statue of him stands in the compound of the Penang High Court building.[6] Logan Road is named after him.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Logan, James Richardson (1850). "The Ethnology of the Indian Archipelago: Embracing Enquiries into the Continental Relations of the Indo-Pacific Islanders". Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia (JIAEA): 4:252–347.; Earl, George S. W. (1850). "On The Leading Characteristics of the Papuan, Australian and Malay-Polynesian Nations". Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia (JIAEA): 254, 277–278.
  2. ^ The Idea of Indonesia, Cambridge University Press 9780521876483 – The Idea of Indonesia – A History – by R. E. Elson:
  3. ^ (This term was introduced in 1860 in the influential novel Max Havelaar (1859), written by Multatuli, critical of Dutch colonialism). Justus M. van der Kroef (1951). "The Term Indonesia: Its Origin and Usage". Journal of the American Oriental Society 71 (3):
  4. ^ Earl, George S. W. (1850). "On The Leading Characteristics of the Papuan, Australian and Malay-Polynesian Nations". Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia (JIAEA): 119.
  5. ^ Ang, Seow Leng (January 2016). "Logan's Journal". BiblioAsia. National Library Board, Singapore. 11 (4).
  6. ^ Historical personalities of Penang by Historical Personalities of Penang Committee - Pinang - 1986 - 180 pages, Page 105
  7. ^ Street Names of Georgetown, Penang