Rudolf Marloth Collection
Rudolf Marloth (1855-1931 is considered one of the principal early Cape botanists. Marloth was a German chemist who immigrated to the Cape in 1883. He was appointed at the Victoria College as lecturer in chemistry and experimental physics in 1888 and became professor in 1889. Later, he worked as a part-time lecturer in science at what is today known as Elsenburg. Marloth received an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University in 1922. Marloth is well-known for his magnum opus, “The Flora of South Africa”, compiled between 1912 and 1932 in collaboration with botanical illustrator, Ethel Dixie. The Marloth family donated the original illustrations and plates with handwritten notes to Stellenbosch University Library.
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