Lipsius Building Leiden University, Room 011

Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden



4 April - The blind visionary of Ambon: Georg Everard Rumphius

In his lecture, Tim Huisman tells the story of Georg Everard Rumphius, or the blind visionary of Ambon. As a young man, Rumphius set sail for Ambon in the Maluku Islands with the Dutch East India Company to study the island’s flora and fauna. Once he arrived a calamity befell him and he we stricken with blindness. But he was nonetheless determined to complete his masterwork, the six-volume Herbarium Amboinese (1741).


The speaker
Tim Huisman, curator at Museum Boerhaave. His specialist field is medical history in early modern times.


Please consider that the program of this event is in Dutch