A re-examination of the life and work of A.F.G. Kerr and of his colleagues and friends

Parnell, J.A.N and Pilla, F and The Thai Biogeography Group, Biogeography Group (2015) A re-examination of the life and work of A.F.G. Kerr and of his colleagues and friends. Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) (43). pp. 111-131. ISSN 4953843

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Abstract

Arthur Francis George Kerr’s life is reviewed and related to a previously published account. Kerr’s collecting activity is analysed using an expanded version of the Thai Biogeography Group’s database of collections. 8,666 of the total 48,970 collections are Kerr’s and 3,178 are those of his colleagues and friends. Therefore, the total number of collections made by Kerr and his acquaintances is likely to be larger and more diverse than previously believed. Mapping of these data using GIS show that Kerr’s collecting activities focussed on particular regions of Thailand at particular times. Also large areas of the country remained unexplored by Kerr and his acquaintances: a pattern that, to some extent, persists to this day. The large, but dispersed, archive of Kerr’s photographs, maps, living collections and correspondence indicate that he was a skilled photographer (taking at least 3,000 images), cartographer (producing many hand-drawn maps) and exceptionally acute, accurate and detailed observer (fi lling numerous notebooks and leaving other records). It is clear that digitising these collections to form an on-line dedicated website is highly desirable to further progress on the fl ora of Thailand and surrounding countries and would form an unique record of the social history of early 20thC Thailand.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: A.F.G. Kerr, plant collecting, densities and localities, Thailand, GIS, socio-economic history, Irish Botanist, Thai Biogeography Group, Thai photographs, Thai maps, Thai plants, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Saman
Date Deposited: 20 May 2016 02:54
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 07:37
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/12105

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