Wyatt-Smith, John


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 8: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement II)


Born: 1917, Swatow, China.



Was educated at Oxford University (Botany degree 1938, Forest degree 1939); subsequently to the Malay Peninsula as Assistant Conservator of Forests, State of Selangor and Perlis; after the war in Kedah and Perlis; in 1946 appointed Forest Botanist of the Forest Research Institute at Kepong, Selangor. From 1955-Oct. 1956 Ass. Conservator of Forests, Sg. Patani, Kedah; subsequently returning to Kepong as Forest Botanist. He made an exploration of Mt Tahan in Feb. 1960, accompanied by B.A. Mitchell, Wong Yew Kwan, and some others. He retired early in April 1963 under the Malayanisation Scheme and accepted an appointment under FAO sponsorship at Ibadan University in Nigeria. At present settled in England.

He made a botanical exploration of Jarak Island.1 Author of several papers2 and manuals of Malayan timber trees.

Myristica wyatt-smithii Airy Shaw is named after him.



Herb. Kuala Lump. [KEP]: material from Port Dickson and Negri Sembilan (1947), and from other places where stationed; numbered in the C.F. series (see sub Conservator of Forests).



(1) J.R. Audy, J.L. Harrison & J. Wyatt-Smith: ‘A survey of Jarak Island, Straits of Malacca’ (Bull. Raffl. Mus. Sing. no 23, 1950, p. 230-261, maps, photogr.).

J. Wyatt-Smith: ‘The vegetation of Jarak Island, Straits of Malacca’ (J. Ecol. 41, 1953, p. 207-225, 2 fig., 5 photogr.).

(2) E.g.: ‘A note on tropical lowland evergreen rainforest in Malaya’ (Mal. For. 12,1949, p. 58-64); on Dipterocarpaceae, Durio, Calophyllum, etc.

‘A Survey of the peat swamp research plots in naturally regenerated forest’ (Mal. Res. Pamphl. no 39, 1961, 55 pp., map); ‘Ecological Studies on Malayan Forests’ I (Ibid. no 52, Dec. 1966, 20 pp., 6 fig., 33 tab., 26 app. tab.).