Biographical data


Mellerborg, Claës Erik


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


Born: 1773, Nyköping, Sweden. Died: 1828, Java.



Was educated in theology and medicine, and had the good fortune to live for some time in C.P. Thunberg’s house as companion of the latter’s son; a pupil of Thunberg. He stayed at Uppsala till June 1805, then Med. Fil. Kand., and went to Göteborg where he was to accompany an Indiaman’s voyage to China as a ship’s surgeon. The voyage did not come off because of the war, and instead, he went to Pomerania (Germany) as a Medical Officer in 1806. From there he travelled in Europe, visiting Poland, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hanau, Göttingen, Greifswald, Augsburg (Dec. 1809-March 1810), Karlsruhe, Danzig, Strassburg, Paris (Aug. 1810), Bayonne, and Spain (1811).

In 1817 he evidently visited Norway (letters from Trontjem and Rorås), and from 1817-25 he possibly lived at Uddeholm (several letters from there), Sweden. The thought of a voyage to foreign countries still haunted him, and in 1825 he is planning a voyage to Brasil in 1826. But a letter from Helsingör (dated July 30, 1826) tells of his being o/b the brig ‘Themis’, owned by a wholesale dealer Wallis, with destination East India.

He collected all sorts of things, including insects.



Many sheets in Herb. Thunberg (= Uppsala [UPS]), mostly from his voyage in Europe, often cultivated plants. Mr Kern (Leiden) saw a specimen of Cyperus laevigatus (= lateralis) ‘e Java’, collected by Mellerborg, from the Herb. State Mus. Stockholm [S], but considers the locality to be very doubtful. It seems possible, however, that material from Java was forwarded to Thunberg.

Insects from Java in Zool. Mus. Stockholm.1



(1) Cf. W. Horn & I. Kahle, Ueber entom. Samml. etc. (Entom. Beihefte II-IV, 1935/37, p. 172).


biographical data:

Several letters from Mellerborg to C.P. Thunberg in Library University of Uppsala in vol. xxM; autobiography in l.c. no 211; in the cited MS vol. his name, year of birth, and death (Java), is mentioned on p. 163.