Collecting localities



Biographical data


Ripley, Sidney Dillon


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


Born: 1913, New York City, U.S.A.



Ornithologist, educated at Yale (B.A. in 1936) and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1943). He made some expeditions in the Malaysian region, was from 1943-45 in Ceylon (in connexion with war activities), and subsequently (1946-47) visited India and Nepal. At present Associate Curator of Zoology, Peabody Museum of Nat. Hist., Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Rhododendron ripleyi Merr. was named after him.


Collecting localities:

1936.2 N. Sumatra: Laut Tawar (= Lake Takengon) (Febr.-March).-1937-38. With the Crocket (see there) Expedition to the S. Pacific, Dutch New Guinea, Biak and Misoöl.1-1939. With the George Vanderbilt Expedition to N. Sumatra: Laboean River (March 17) between Medan and Belawan; from Medan (20) toKoeta-tjane and valley of the Alas River; Meloewak (4 days); Koengke; Blangkedjeren; Blangnanga (March 28-Apr. 5); base camp at Blangbeké (9); G. Loser (= Losir) (climbing the 2 peaks, the first on May 6); Blangkedjeren (May 11-..); Medan (18); P. Nias (June, staying 12 days).



Herb. Philadelphia [PH]: ± 80 nos from Mt Löser, including type specimens. He collected with Frederick A. Ulmer Jr (see there); some plants, including a Parnassia and Lobelia, were described by Merrill.3

Some living orchids from New Guinea in private collection at Philadelphia.



(1) S.D. Ripley: ‘Trail of the money bird. 30.000 miles of adventure with a naturalist’ (New York & London 1940 etc.).

(2) Zoological results (birds from Atjeh) in Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 1939 and 1940; and in Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 1944.

(3) E.D. Merrill: ‘Botanical results of the George Vanderbilt Sumatran expedition, 1939. Plants from Mt Löser’ (Notulae naturae of Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. no 47, 1940, p. l-9.)


biographical data:

Who’s who (America Suppl. 1943); Who’s who in America (East) 1946.