SAIAB News » Seminar: Prof Paul Skelton 23rd May 2018

DIFS/ SAIAB Seminar Series 2018

Prof Paul Skelton

Sir Andrew Smith, the father of South African Zoology: his contributions to freshwater Ichthyology in South Africa.

Sir Andrew Smith was a British Army medical officer posted in 1821 to a fledgling Grahamstown. He explored the natural history of the area extensively before being posted to Cape Town in 1825 in order to establish the South African Museum. He built the collections and undertook several expeditions: to Namaqualand in 1828, Natal in 1832 and the interior in 1834-36, before returning to the UK in 1837.  There he published his famous ‘Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa’ as a series of plates.  He described several freshwater fishes in the process and this talk will highlight his contributions to freshwater ichthyology through an historical lens.

Date: Wednesday 23 May

Time: 10.30am

Venue: Lecture Room, SAIAB



Illustrations of the zoology of South Africa : consisting chiefly of figures and descriptions of the objects of natural history collected during an expedition into the interior of South Africa, in the years 1834, 1835, and 1836; fitted out by "the Cape of Good Hope Association for exploring Central Africa" : together with a summary of African zoology, and an inquiry into the geographical ranges of species in that quarter of the globe / [4], Pisces.

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