Catalogue description Berthold Carl Seeman

Details of Subseries within RM 11
Reference: Subseries within RM 11
Title: Berthold Carl Seeman

Comprises one bound volume of papers and correspondence relating to Berthold Carl Seeman.

Date: 1846-1857
Related material:

Related material at RBG Kew - Letters to Wm Hooker in Directors Correspondence Vol XXXVI folio 378, Vol XXXVII folios 542, Vol XL folios 306-308, XLII folios 354-355, 357, Vol LI folio 459, Vol LV folio 288, Vol LXX folios 294-323, Vol LXXI folios 332-336, Vol LXXV folios 207-212.

Held by: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library and Archives, not available at The National Archives
Former reference in its original department: KCL/12
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Physical description: 1 volume(s)
Administrative / biographical background:

Seemann, Berthold Carl (1825-1871). He was a German Doctor of Philosophy. Dr Seemann's botanical career commenced from 1846, when he was appointed naturalist to HMS Herald, then on a surveying expedition in the Pacific. He left England in August 1846; but on his arrival at Panama the Herald and Pandora had not returned from Vancouver's Island, and he profited by the delay to explore the greater part of the Isthmus. On the return of the Herald to Panama he joined and remained with her until the completion of her voyage. He also took the opportunity of making acquainting himself with the Pacific coast of South and Central America by frequent journeys inland, traversing Peru and Ecuador, and crossing the Cordillera of the Andes to Loja, one of the Cinchona regions. In 1848, the Herald, in company with other vessels, made three attempts to reach the Arctic regions to search for Sir John Franklin. In 1850 the Herald began her homeward voyage, staying for some time at Hong Kong, Singapore, and reached England in 1851; Seemann described the plants during this voyage. The Imperial German Academy of Naturalists elected him a member and subsequently President-Adjunst for life. In 1859, Dr Seemann stayed eight months on Fiji Islands. He collected materials for the 'Flora Vitiensis', a quarto work illustrated with plates, which he later published. This work comprised not only the results of his own explorations, but also of all his predecessors, and contained valuable notes on the medical and economic uses of the plants. He travelled in Venezuela in 1864 and in Nicaragua and Panama, 1866-1871. He died at Javali Mine, Nicaragua on 10 October 1871.

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