|Happy Birthday Robert F. Inger
Relatively few people can say they experienced the Great Depression, WWII, nuclear proliferation, the invention of TV, the Korea conflict, the Space Program, the Sexual Revolution, the Beatles, Vietnam, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, the Internet, and DNA technology during their life time. This week Field Museum Herpetologist Robert F. Inger turns 90 years of age and while he did not personally experience all of these historic events he participated in some and observed others. To be 90 years old in 2010 is to have lived though the most rapidly changing period in human culture. While many 90-year-olds are still trapped in the culture of beliefs they grew-up with, RFI has continued to run alongside the societal and technological changes to understand the world he lives in. This week celebrate Bob's Birthday as well as his ability to not only survive massive cultural changes but to master them. Happy Birthday Bob!
|September 10, 1920 Robert Inger was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Today we are here to celebrate his 90th birthday, his life, and his contributions to herpetology. Use the links on the bar above to move between the pages. Below is some old, but interesting news if you have not kept up with Datuk Dr. Robert F. Inger, Curator Emetrius, Division of Amphibians and Reptiles.|
|Left to Right: Tan Fui Lain, RFI and Leong Tzi Ming at the Raffle's Musuem in Singapore. April, 2010.|
The Raffle's Museum News Blog 22 Jan 2007 -
Sarawak's Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Muhammad Salahuddin conferred the honorary Panglima Setia Bintang Sarawak (PSBS) on Dr Robert Frederick Inger in a special investiture ceremony at the Astana, Petra Jaya in Kuching.
Bob, as he is fondly called, is a curator emeritus of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, USA. He has worked for half a century on the herpetofauna of Borneo, cataloguing and describing more than 150 papers on their taxonomy and ecology. He is an old friend of biodiversity scientists
This report, "Datukship for Scientist" carried in the Eastern Times on 23 Jan 2007, also remarked that:
"His most outstanding characteristics, however, remain his unflagging kindness and generosity in helping generations of young herpetologists including many from Malaysia."
Well done Bob!
Harold Voris had emailed us from Chicago on 21st January 2007 to say:
"I have some good news. Bob is in Sarawak and he is receiving an important award on Monday. The Governor of Sarawak is making Bob a Datok! As you know this is a big title in Malaysia. Bob will soon be Dato Inger!!
This means we will have to treat him with BIG respect and carry his briefcase for him everywhere! We are all very happy for Bob and we hope that you will share this news with others that know Bob.
We chuckled once again at the sight of a field man in suit when a copy of the Eastern Times was sent over - it carried a much larger version of the photo seen here.
Well, it is certainly a rare honor and like Harold, we were enthusiastic about ribbing this veteran field biologist about his latest honor.
When Bob appeared at the Raffles Museum today, Swee Hee enthusiastically "welcomed the new Datuk" to our humble abode. He was in the wet collection in the morning for herpetological discussion with Tze Ming - Peter and I went down to congratulate him and remind Ming to be sure to carry Bob's bag!
Bob, of course, just grinned...