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Charles Hose

Dayak man in gala costume.
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Charles Hose FRGS. FLS (12 October 1863 - 14 November 1929) was a British colonial administrator, zoologist and ethnologist.[1]


  • Life and career 1
  • Animal species named after Hose 2
  • Places named after Hose 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Life and career

He was born in Hertfordshire, England, and was educated at Felsted[2] in Essex. Admitted to Clare College, Cambridge in 1882, he almost immediately migrated to Jesus College, and later left Cambridge without taking a degree.[3] He was offered an administrative cadetship in Sarawak by the second Rajah, Sir Charles Brooke, which he took up in 1884. His large collection of ethnographic objects from Borneo was purchased by the British Museum in 1905.[4]

Animal species named after Hose

Several species named to commemorate his work[5] as zoologist:




Places named after Hose



Books authored by Charles Hose include:

  • A descriptive account of the mammals of Borneo (1893)
  • (with William McDougall)The Pagan Tribes of Borneo (a Description of Their Physical Moral and Intellectual Condition with Some Discussion of Their Ethnic Relations) (1912)
  • Natural Man: A Record from Borneo (1926)
  • Fifty Years of Romance and Research - Or a Jungle-Wallah at Large (1927)
  • The Field Book of a Jungle-Wallah: Being a Description of Shore, River and Forest Life in Sarawak (1929)


  1. ^  
  2. ^ "Hose, Charles". Who's Who, 59: pp. 877–878. 1907. 
  3. ^ "Hose, Charles (HS882C)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ British Museum Collection
  5. ^ A Zoological 'Who was Who' by Mike Grayson
  • Biography

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Works by Charles Hose at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about Charles Hose at Internet Archive
  • Weaving shuttle collected by Charles Hose, BBC History of the World in 100 Objects website
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