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Mead, John Phillips


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

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


Born: 1886, London, England. Died: 1951.



Assistant Conservator of Forests Malay Peninsula1 since 1907; in 1916 in Imperial Service, in 1918 in Sudan (Africa); in June 1919 appointed Conservator of the newly established Forest Department Sarawak;2 in 1926 temporary Forest Adviser to Fiji. In 1928 in the Malay Peninsula again; since 1930 Director of Forests, and in 1935 Director & Adviser on Forestry S.S. and F.M.S.; retired in 1940. In 1945 he returned to the Peninsula with British Military Administration for three months, as Lieutenant-Colonel.

In the years 1935-38 he made visits of inspection in Johore, Kedah, and Kelantan.

Shorea meadiana Symington was named after him.



Malay Peninsula and Sarawak plants, at least partly, in C.F. (= Conservator of Forests) series, in Herb. Kuala Lumpur [KEP]. In 1926/27 he collected in Fiji.



(1) Author of ‘The mangrove forests of the Westcoast of the Fed. Mal. States’ (1912).

(2) ditto of ‘Forestry in Sarawak’ (Emp. For. Journ. 4, 1925, p. 92-99, 3 pl.). 


biographical data:

Malayan Forester 9, 1940, p. 101-102; l.c. 14, 1951, p. 58-59.


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