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Authorised form of nameTrimen; Roland (1840 - 1916)
Dates1840 - 1916
NationalityBritish
South African
Place of birth3 Park Place Villas, Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
Date of birth29 October 1840
Place of deathNursing home, Epsom, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Date of death25/07/1916
OccupationNaturalist; colonial administrator
Research fieldNatural history
Entomology
Lepidoptera
ActivityEducation:
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)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election07/06/1883
Age at election42
Royal Society activityMedals and 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
MC/12Volume 12 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1880-1883
MC/13Volume 13 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1884
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
MC/12/344Letter from Roland Trimen, South African Museum, Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, to the Secretary of the Royal Society7 July 1883
MC/13/55Letter from R [Roland] Trimen, South Africa Museum, Cape Town, to Professor G G [George Gabriel] Stokes, Secretary of the Royal Society3 June 1884
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