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Cantor, Theodore Edward


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

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


Born: 1809, Copenhagen, Denmark. Died: 1854.



See sub White (Cycl. Fl. Mal. 1, 1, 1950), M.D. Halle 1833, entered the uncovenanted Bengal Medical Service in 1835, and from 1837-38 worked as a surgeon to the Bengal Marine Survey. He volunteered as Assistant Surgeon to one of the regiments despatched to China (Opium Wars!) by the E.I.C. and stayed in Chusan from July 1840-Mar. 1841, making zoological1 and botanical collections (partly a failure because of ineffective preservatives) and numerous sketches of plants etc. which are still in the India Office Library.2

Later he served in Malaya, and was in Penang in 1844.

Bambusa cantori Munro was named in his honour.



Doubtful whether any Malayan plant collections exist.



(1) Author of ‘The Zoology of Chusan’ (Calcutta 1842) and several zoological papers.

(2) Cf. M. Archer in ‘Natural History Drawings in the India Office Library’ (London 1962) p. 51-53,76.


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Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931.