Collecting localities



Biographical data


Bickmore, Albert Smith


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


Born: 1839, St George, Maine, U.S.A.



Zoologist who travelled in the Dutch East Indies1 with the special object of collecting shells in the Moluccas, identical with those of Rumphius.2 In 1870 he was appointed Professor of Natural History at Madison University, Hamilton (New York); from 1869-1914 he was attached to the Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist., New York.


Collecting localities:

Departure from Batavia (June 7, 1865) via Semarang, Soerabaja, Makassar (SW. Celebes) (18-19), Timor (23); to the Moluccas: Ambon (June 29-beginning of Aug.), Nusa laut, Ceram, Banda (Sept. 8), Buru, Halmahe(i)ra (= Gilolo), Ternate, Tidore; Minahassa (N. Celebes): Kema (Dec. 13-19); trip by boat to P. Limbi (= Lembeh), but on account of the heavy seas hardly being able to go ashore; Kema (24-25); on horseback to Manado (26); trip to the highlands (Dec. 28-Jan. 9, 1866), e.g. visiting Linu Lake, Tompasso, Langowan, neighbouring mud-wells, Tondano Lake and Kakas, Rurukan; Kema (Jan. 9); Makassar (SW. Celebes) (Jan. 15); Java: Soerabaja, Semarang, Batavia (Febr.); to Sumatra: Padang (Febr. 21) and Tapanoeli (Manindjau Lake), Bataklands, Padang, Benkoelen (Apr. 18) and across S. Sumatra to Palembang (arrival May 9); Banka (May 13), Riouw, Singapore, Cochinchina and China.



It is not known to me whether any botanical collections were made by him; Warburg was not able to settle it either.



(1) A.S. Bickmore: ‘Travels in the East Indian Archipelago’ (London 1868, New York 1869, w. maps and 35 ill. etc.); transl. into Dutch: ‘Reizen in de Oost-Indische Archipel’ (transl. and annotations by D.J.J. Hollander) (Schiedam 1872, 2 vols w. maps).

(2) For List of birds and shells collected by him, see the Mem. and Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. and Amer. Journ. of Sci. for 1868 and 1869.


biographical data:

Amer. Mus. Journ. for 1914, p. 144 + portr. (p. 122); and ‘Memories’ in l.c. 15, 1915, p. 79-82.