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    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, Francesca and Simpson, D.A. and van Welzen, P.C. and Chayamarit, K. and Chantaranothai, P. and Boyce, P.C. and Bygrave, P. and Byrne, C. and Chen, S. and Couch, C. and Curtis, T. and Dransfield, S. and Duyfjes, B.E.E. and Eianthong, W. and Esser, H.J. and Grote, P.J. and Hua, Z. and Jebb, M.H.P. and Kirkup, D.W. and Ke Loc, P. and Larsen, S.S. and Macklin, J. and Madern, A. and Meade, Conor and Merklinger, F. and Middleton, D.J. and Moat, J. and Muasya, A.M. and Nakmuenwai, P. and Pederson, H. and Pendry, C.A. and Prajaksood, A. and Pooma, R. and Preusapan, K. and Puglisi, C. and Sathapattayanon, A. and Sukkharak, P. and Staples, G. and Strijk, J. and Suddee, S. and Sungkaew, S. and Tangjitman, K. and Teerwatananon, A. and Tovaranonte, J. and Ung, T. and Trias Blasi, A. and de Wilde, W.J.J.O. and Wilkin, P. and Yahara, T. (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 0495-3843

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    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 (filling 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 flora of Thailand and surrounding countries and would form an unique record of the social history of early 20thC Thailand.

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    Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Cite as: Parnell, J., Pilla, F., Simpson, D., Welzen, P., Chayamarit, K., Chantaranothai, P., Boyce, P., Bygrave, P., Byrne, C., Chen, S., Couch, C., Curtis, T., Dransfield, S., Duyfjes, B., Eiadthong, W., Esser, H.-J., Grote, P., Hua, Z., Jebb, M., Kirkup, D., Ke Loc, P., Larsen, S., Macklin, J., Madern, A., Meade, C., Merklinger, F., Middleton, D., Moat, J., Muasya, A., Nakmuenwai, P., Pedersen, H., Pendry, C., Prajaksood, A., Pooma, R., Pruesapan, K., Puglisi, C., Sathapattayanon, A., Sukkharak, P., Staples, G., Strijk, J., Suddee, S., Sungkaew, S., Tangjitman, K., Teerawattananon, A., Tovaranonte, J., Ung, T., Trias-Blasi, A., De Wilde, W., Wilkin, P., & Yahara, T. (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), 111-131. Retrieved from
    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;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Biology
    Item ID: 10922
    Depositing User: Dr. Conor Meade
    Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2019 14:33
    Journal or Publication Title: Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany)
    Publisher: Forest Herbarium and Thai Journal Online
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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