Collecting localities



Biographical data


Weber, Max Wilhelm Carl


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


Born: 1852, Bonn, Germany. Died: 1937, Eerbeek, Gld, Holland.



Studied natural science and medicine in Germany; in 1879 appointed Prosector in the University of Amsterdam, in 1880 Lecturer in Anatomy at Utrecht University, and in 1883 Extraordinary Professor of Zoology at Amsterdam (in 1898 Director of the Zoological Museum besides); in 1922 he retired and settled at Eerbeek.

In the course of years he joined several expeditions, in 1881 an arctic expedition o/b the ‘Willem Barentz’; in 1888/89 he made a private voyage to the D.E.I., from 1894-95 he stayed in South Africa; he visited British India too, and conducted the Siboga Expedition 1899/1900. His wife, Mrs A. Weber-van Bosse (see there), accompanied his Dutch East Indian voyages.

Author of numerous zoological papers.1


Collecting localities:

Malay Archipelago (March 1888-Apr. 1889).2 A stay of several months in Sumatra West Coast: Padang Highlands, visiting Lake Singkarak, Lake Manindjau, Danau di Atas, Sin(g)galang (June 1888), etc.; W. Java (July-Sept.): lakes near Buitenzorg, Tjipanas, Tjibodas, and Garoet (Telaga Bodas, Sitoe Bagendit); working for some weeks in the Foreigners’ Laboratory at Buitenzorg;3 SW. Celebes: Makassar (arrival Sept. 24), Maros, Bantimoeroeng, Principality of Tanette (Oct. 6), Pare Pare, Lake Sidenreng, Lake Tempe (Oct. 15-21), Pampanoea, Palima, Loka (S. slope G. Bonthain), exploring several rivers; sailing from Makassar (Nov. 21) to Flores (Lesser Sunda Islands), staying in the latter island till Jan. 9, 1889, partly at Barabai; via Bima (Soembawa) to Centr. Celebes: Loewoe (Febr.), and a hasty visit to P. Saleijer (= Salojar)-’Siboga’ Expedition, 1899-1900.4 cf. sub A. Weber-van Bosse.



Herb. Leiden [L], evidently of both expeditions (incl. Sumatra charophytes). In literature he is cited as the collector of plants in Celebes, Ceram (Hepaticae), Flores, Soembawa, Salajar, Ambon, Halmaheira, and Sangihe Island. He discovered Dendrobium utile J.J.Sm. n.sp.5



(1) e.g. M. Weber: ‘Der Indoaustralische Archipel and die Geschichte seiner Tierwelt’ (Jena 1902).

(2) cf. Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 1890, p. 454-462 (Flores and Celebes).

M. Weber: ‘Ethnographische Notizen über Flores and Celebes’ (Int. Arch. Ethnogr. Leiden 3, 1890, Suppl. w. 8 pl. & ill.); ‘Zoologische Ergebnisse einer Reise in Niederländisch-Ost-Indien’ (Leiden, 4 vols, 1890-1907).

(3) cf. Dammerman in Ann. Jard. Bot. Buit. 45, 1935, p. 14, cf. also p. 2.

(4) M. Weber: ‘Bulletin der Siboga-expeditie 1899, 1900’ (Bull. Mij Bevord. Nat. Onderz. Ned. Kol. nos 26-35); ‘Die Niederländische ‘Siboga’-Expedition zur Untersuchung der marinen Fauna and Flora des Indischen Archipels and einige ihrer Resultate’ (Peterm. Mitt. 46, 1900, p. 182-191); ‘De Siboga-Expeditie, haar doel en enkele harer resultaten’ (De Gids 64, 1900, p. 519-540); ‘Verslag Siboga-Expeditie’ (in Tijdschr. Ned. Dierk. Ver. 1900).

In co-operation with others: ‘Résultats des explorations zoologiques, botaniques, océanographiques et géologiques, entreprises aux Indes néerlandaises orientales en 1899-1900, à bord du Siboga etc. (1902→), Weber himself author of ‘Introduction et description de l’expédition’ (l.c. livr. 1, 1902, 159 pp., w. fig., maps, etc.).

Also in Encyclop. N.I. 3, 1919.

(5) cf. Icon. Bogor. t. 114.


biographical data:

Amsterd. Stud. Almanak, 1923, p. 75-77, w. portr.; Wie is dat? 1935, p. 415; Nat. Tijdschr. N.I. 97, 1937, p. 54-57; Tijdschr. K.N.A.G. 54, 1937, p. 153-154; Vakbl. Biologen 18,1937, p.125-135; Obit. Not. Roy. Zool. Soc. 1938, p. 347-355; portr. in Bijdr. t. d. Dierk. 22, 1922 (Jubil. vol.); l.c. 27, 1939, p. 184, 331; Ned. Kruidk. Arch. 50, 1940, p. 203; l.c. 51, 1941, p. 375; l.c. 52, 1942, p. 413; l.c. 53, 1943, p. 255.