S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Gerber, Dr (plant collection)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

Dr Gerber was appointed in 1901 as the first Chief Forest Officer of German South West Africa (now Namibia). He divided the territory into four administrative forestry districts, namely Windhoek, Okahandja, Otavi and Keetmanshoop, each with a forest station.

In 1902 Gerber visited the northern parts of the territory and there collected botanical specimens, funded by the first government grant for scientific work. He kept his botanical collection in Okahandja.


List of sources:

Mendelsohn, J.M. and Obeid, S.E. Forests and woodlands of Namibia. Windhoek: RAISON, 2005. Retrieved from http://www.the-eis.com/data/literature/Forests and Woodlands of Namibia 3 Introduction.pdf on 2017-1-11.

Zelle, E. A contribution to the history of the State Museum in Windhoek, South West Africa. Southern African Museums Association Bulletin (SAMAB), 1958, Vol. 7(2), pp. 29-36.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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