Biographical data


Sipman, Johan Philip


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


Born: 1666, Darmstadt, Germany. Died: 1725, Batavia, Java.



Physician, from 1692-96 assistant of Rumphius in Ambon, who personally brought the 3 last MS. volumes of the ‘Herbarium Amboinense’ to Holland; he brought home a beautiful cabinet besides.1 Later he returned to the Dutch E. Indies; from 1700-12 in Ambon once more (in several ranks of ‘Koopman’, official of the E.I.C.); in 1713 Governor of Makassar, ending his career and life as Member of Council (Raad van Indie).



Plantae Amboinenses a Johanne Philippo Sipmanno collectae’ In Kiggelaer’s collection in Herb. Sloane (H.S. 220) in Herb. Brit. Mus. [BM]. This volume contains 28 pages with several Ambon plants, collected as early as 1698; the remaining part of the volume consists of non-Malaysian collections.



(1) Author of ‘Eene beschrijving der Ambonsche hoornen en schulpen door den doctor in de Medicijnen Sipman’ (Appendix to Rumphius: ‘Amboinsche Rariteitkamer’ ed. 1741 by Jan Roman de Jonge).


biographical data:

Valentijn, Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indië, 3, 1726, p. 224-225, 560; H.J. Veth, Overzicht van hetgeen.. . gedaan is voor de kennis der Fauna van Ned. Indië, Leiden 1879, p. 7; Rumphius Gedenkboek 1902, p. 54; H. Engel, Alphabetical list of Dutch cabinets etc. (Bijdr. Dierk. 27, 1939), p. 316; Ned. Kruidk. Arch. 53, 1943, p. 252.