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Histories: Where has Singapore Gone?

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Singapore’s location and historical trajectory have meant that materials relevant to the island’s natural history are dispersed in a multitude of forms and depositories across the globe.

From plants collected in 1796 by a botanist who missed his boat, a medical officer who collected both fish and meteorological data, to a school-master who took photos of places he visited while scouring the world for the perfect fibre for Thomas Alva Edison’s incandescent bulb, join Research Associate Martyn E. Y. Low as he uncovers the fate of these materials, how they can be (re)collected, and why they matter.

For more information on the National Library’s exhibition: Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore.

About the Speaker

Martyn E. Y. Low is a Research Associate at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore, where he focuses on the intersection of natural history collecting, bibliography, nomenclature and history. He is the co-author of "200: Points in Singapore’s Natural History", and a contributor to "Voyageurs, Explorateurs et Scientifiques: The French and Natural History in Singapore", both published in 2019.

About Histories

This series highlights research on historical and related matters in Singapore and the region, creating an appreciation of the role of humanities and social science research in contemporary society.

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