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Authorised form of nameTrimen; Roland (1840 - 1916)
SurnameTrimen
ForenamesRoland
Dates1840 - 1916
NationalityBritish
South African
Dates and placesBirth:
3 Park Place Villas, Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom (29 October 1840)
Death:
Nursing home, Epsom, Surrey, England, United Kingdom (25 July 1916)
ActivityProfession:
Naturalist; colonial administrator
Research field:
Natural history; entomology; lepidoptera
Education:
Rottingdean; King's College School, Wimbledon, London
Career:
Voyaged to Cape of Good Hope [now part of Republic of South Africa] for his health, and settled there (1860); joined the Cape Public Service as a clerk (1860); private secretary to Richard Southey; secretary to Sir Henry Barkly British High Commissioner of South Africa; Director, South Africian Museum, Cape Town (1876-1895); Vine Diseases Commission (1880); chairman of the Phyloxerra Commission (1886); among the first entomologists to investigate mimicry and polymorphism in butterflies; collaborated with Charles Darwin to study the pollination of orchids; retired (1895)
Memberships:
Entomological Society of London (1859, president 1897-1898); British Association for the Advancement of Science (1871); FLS (1871); South African Philosophical Society (first secretary 1877-1878, President 1883-1884); South African Ornithologists' Union (1904); Royal Society of South Africa (1908); FZS
Medals/Awards:
Honorary MA conferred by the University of Oxford (1899)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
7/06/1883
Medals/Prizes:
Darwin Medal 1910
RelationshipsSon of Richard and Marianne Esther Trimen; elder brother of Henry Trimen (FRS 1888); married (1883) Henrietta Blanche Bull, daughter of H E Boys-Bull of Calcutta; brother of Mary Elizabeth Barber, butterfly collector
Published worksTrimen and Bowker, 'South African Butterflies: a monograph of the extra-tropical species' 1887-1889
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc Series B 1919-1920 vol 91 pp xviii-xxvii, plate, signed by E B P
References:
A Cohen, 'Roland Trimen and the merope harem' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 205-218
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/315946667
Royal Society codeNA6633
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1883/14Trimen, Roland: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/Maull/004652Trimen, Rolandnd
NLB/15/471Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Messrs Harrison & Sons 11 October 1897
NLB/6/578Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Roland Trimen, Fellow of the Royal Society3 June 1892
NLB/6/490Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Roland Trimen, Fellow of the Royal Society, Norfolk Hotel, Harrington Road, South Kensington23 May 1892
NLB/12/146Copy letter from [Theodore E James?] to an unknown recipient17 December 1895
NLB/13/566Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Messrs Harrison & Sons7 October 1896
NLB/10/632Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Captain Trimen, Junior Army & Navy Club9 January 1895
NLB/11/875Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Harrison & Sons24 October 1895
NLB/12/143Copy letter from Theodore E James, to [Messrs Harrison & Sons][16 December 1895]
NLB/17/490Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons 9 November 1898
NLB/21/633Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Dr Roland Trimen, Fellow of the Royal Society 21 December 1900
NLB/15/869Copy letter Theodore E James, to [Messrs Harrison & Sons]4 January 1898
NLB/13/122Copy letter from Michael Foster, to the Agent General for Cape Colony19 June 1896
NLB/17/232Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Messrs Harrison & Sons15 September 1898
NLB/14/516Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Roland Trimen, Fellow of the Royal Society, 5 Lancaster Street, Lancaster Gate, W. 23 March 1897
NLB/14/587Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Messrs Harrison & Sons2 April 1897
NLB/17/267Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Roland Trimen, Fellow of the Royal Society, care of A Drew, Water Hall, St Aldates, Oxford27 September 1898
NLB/17/709Copy letter from Theodore E James, Dr Roland Trimen, [Fellow of the Royal Society]10 December 1898
NLB/17/684Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Roland Trimen, Fellow of the Royal Society7 December 1898
NLB/17/120Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to the Under Secretary of State, Colonial Office, Downing Street, S.W. 20 July 1898
NLB/17/355Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Messrs Harrison & Sons[18] October 1898
NLB/18/32Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons 2 January 1899
NLB/19/682Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons 23 November 1899
NLB/21/564Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Dr Roland Trimen, Fellow of the Royal Society10 December 1900
NLB/18/793Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons13 May 1899
NLB/35/54Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Messsrs Harrison & Sons10 April 1907
NLB/43/306Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Roland Trimen, Fellow of the Royal Society8 December 1910
NLB/42/166Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Messrs Harrison & Sons18 April 1910
NLB/42/581Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Roland Trimen FRS 11 July 1910
NLB/43/108Copy letter from Joseph Larmor, to Roland Trimen, Fellow of the Royal Society7 November 1910
NLB/46/301Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Roland Trimen, Fellow of the Royal Society9 July 1912
NLB/53/544Copy letter from [Sir Joseph John] Thomson, President of the Royal Society and FRS; to [Mrs. Trimen]25 October 1916
NLB/52/279Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Messrs Harrison & Sons30 October 1915
NLB/53/525Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Edward Bagnall] Poulton, FRS24 October 1916
NLB/53/536Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [Edward Bagnall] Poulton, FRS25 October 1916
NLB/13/554Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Roland Trimen, Fellow of the Royal Society, care of Dr Grindrod, Wyche Side, Malvern7 October 1896
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