Biographical data


Poulsen, Viggo Albert


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

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


Born: 1855, Copenhagen, Denmark. Died: 1919, Copenhagen.



Botanist, educated at Copenhagen University, where he took his Dr’s degree in 1888. From 1876 teacher, since 1893 Lecturer at the Pharmaceutical Institute, Copenhagen, from 1902 with the title of professor. From 1894-95 he was awarded the Carlsberger Fund for a visit to Java, where he stayed at Buitenzorg in the Foreigners’ Laboratory from Dec. 1894-Febr. 1895.1 He paid a short visit to Singapore and Ceylon too. Evidently he also collected at Tjibodas-Gedeh in W. Java (Jan. 1895).

Poulsenia Eggers was named after him.



Mostly alcohol material for anatomical investigations. Few herbarium material, owing to difficulties in drying it. In Herb. [C] and Mus. Copenhagen: about 500 specimens.



(1) cf. Dammerman in Ann. Jard. But. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 20.

V.A. Poulsen: ‘Om Mangrovevegetationen (Foredrag)’ (Forts-Tid. 9, 1896, p. 7-9); ‘En ny Hymenolichen fra Java (Dictyonema expansum)’ (Vid. Medd. 1899, p. 273-281).


biographical data:

Christensen, Den Danske botaniske litteratur 1880-1911, 1913, p. 70-73 + portr.; Bot. Tidsskr. 37, 1921, p. 107-112; Christensen, Den Danske botaniks historie, 1924-26, vol. 1, p. 674-679, vol. 2, p. 480-487; Dansk Biogr. Leksikon 18, 1940, p. 448-450.