S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




De Selys-Fanson, Baron R (insect collection)

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

Baron R. De Selys-Fanson (or De Selys de Fanson), Belgian diplomat, came to the Transvaal in 1876, where he appears to have acted as Belgian consul. In 1879 he was appointed Belgian consul in the Cape Colony. He and a party from the Musée royal d'histoire naturelle de Bruxelles, Belgium, collected orthopterous insects in the Transvaal and Cape Colony. A list of these insects was presented by Auguste de Bormans to the Societé entomologique de Belgique in December 1880, and published in its Annales (Vol. 25).

He was probably Baron Robert de Selys de Fanson (or de Selys-Fanson), 1838-1887, also consul-general at Singapore.


List of sources:

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). http://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to Selys Fanson.

South African bibliography to the year 1925 (Bormans, A. de). London: Mansell, 1979.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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