Collecting localities



Biographical data


Pfeiffer, Johan Philip


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


Born: 1888, Delft, Z.H., Holland. Died: 1947, Amsterdam, Holland.



Chemical engineer, educated at Delft Technical College till 1911, taking his Dr’s degree in 1917;1 expert for scientific wood-technology in the employ of the ‘Ned. Ind. Houtaankapmij Semarang’ (Java), 1912-18; Technical Adviser of the ‘Ver. Ind. Bosch Expl. Mij’en Semarang’ (Java), 1918-20; Manager of the oil factory ‘Sentono’ at Kediri (E. Java), 1920-22; Chief Assistant of Technical Botany and Lecturer at the Technical College, Delft, 1922-26; in the latter period besides expert of the Commission of Advice and Research of Surinam wood species, and from 1926-27 Adviser of the Governor of Surinam for Wood and Lumber Affairs; temporary Professor of Technical Botany at Delft, 1927-29; from 1929 onwards on the staff of the B.P.M. (Batavian Oil Co.) Laboratory at Amsterdam, since 1946 Director.


Collecting localities:

1913. S. &. SE. Borneo: Sampit and Martapoera (Nov.-Dec.).-1914. S. Sumatra: environs of Palembang (June-July).-1915. P. Simaloer (March-Apr.); NE. Borneo: the environs of Telok Selimau, N of Tandjoeng Mangkalihat; Menoembar, SE of Tandjoeng Mangkalihat, and the lower and middle course of the Berouw River (Dec.-March 1916).-1918. Telok Selimau, Menoembar (betw. Apr.-Nov.); S. Sumatra: Palembang (betw. Apr.-Nov.); P. Simaloer (Aug.-Sept.).



Herb. Bog. [BO], and partly in Herb. Leiden [L]. In Simaloer (1915) he numbered in continuation of the collection of J. van Herwaarden (see there); about 20 nos.



(1) On a thesis ‘De waarde van wetenschappelijk onderzoek voor de vaststelling van technische eigenschappen van hout’ (Amsterdam, 1917).


biographical data:

Persoonlijkheden in Nederland, 1938, + portr.; Vakbl. Biologen 28, 1948, p. 25-27.