Biographical data


Leber, Alfred


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


Born: 1881, Antwerp, Belgium.



German physician, educated at Heidelberg, Munich and Berlin (M.D. 1905); Assistant at Paris, Heidelberg and Berlin; scientific researches in Dalmatia and Istria, and subsequently University Lecturer at Berlin; member of an expedition to Samoa, the Marshall Islands, the Carolines and Mariannes; scientific research in the Batak Lands, N. Sumatra; Professor at Göttingen University; in 1913 leader of a medical-demographical expedition to New Guinea; during part of World War I in Sumatra East Coast, staying at Buitenzorg (W. Java) from July until Aug. 1915. In 1916 he settled at Malang in E. Java, where he still lived at the outbreak of World War II; in May 1940 he was interned as one of theNazi foremen. The Germans were transported to Br. India later; one of the ships was torpedoed.



Material of herbs, edible fruits and spices, collected during his stay at Buitenzorg; his main interest was official herbs of the natives.1 About the location of his collection nothing is known to me.



(1) cf. Dammerman to Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 41.


biographical data:

Persoonlijkheden in Nederland, 1938, + portr.