S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Pope, Dr Charles Ernest (meteorological observation, insect collection)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: 1927, Place not known.

C. Ernest Pope qualified as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS) in 1877 and was licensed to practice in the Cape Colony on 3 June 1878. That same year he asked for an appointment as district surgeon in Aliwal North, Port Alfred, or Victoria East. In 1884 he resided in Alice, Eastern Cape, but by 1893 had moved to Matatiele, Griqualand East, where he was district surgeon. By May 1897 he had become a member of the newly established (second) South African Medical Association. He practiced at Matatiele until 1915 or later, but in 1926, by then presumably retired, was living in West Street, Durban.

In 1893 Pope received a complete set of meteorological instruments from the Meteorological Commission of the Cape of Good Hope. He provided the commission with rainfall data from 1893 and with regular meteorological observations at Matatiele from 1895. In 1897 his station, with a number of others, was upgraded to a second order meteorological station. He continued providing observations to the end of 1900, when his station was closed.

In 1913 Dr Pope presented a collection of moths to the Albany Museum, Grahamstown.

List of sources:
Albany Museum. Annual report for 1913.

Cape of Good Hope. Report of the Meteorological Commission, 1893, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1899, 1900.

Cape of Good Hope. Report on the public health..., 1898, 1899.

Cape of Good Hope Government Gazette, 9 January 1885, pp. 41-45, List of licensed medical practitioners in the Cape Colony.

Medical and pharmacy register for the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, 1893, 1907.

Medical, dental and pharmacy directory of South Africa, 1926-1927. Pietermaritzburg, 1926.

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). . Documents relating to Pope, C. Ernest / Pope, C.E. / Dr Pope.

Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository, Vol. NMC 34: [List of medical practitioners, etc. registered in the Cape Province, as on 31 December 1915].

South African medical directory for 1897. Cape Town: Cape Times, 1897.

South African Medical Journal (Series 2, May 1897, Vol. 5, pp. 20-21 and January 1898, Vol. 5, pp. 240-242: South African Medical Association (lists of members).

Compiled by: C. Plug