Varanus komodoensis, baru dikenal dalam dunia ilmu pengetahuan pada tahun 1912 pada saat Ouwens mempublikasikan hasil penelitiaannya dalam Buletin du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg, 2 me seri No.VI, 1912, berjudul “On a Large Varanus Species from the Island of Komodo”. Fakta ini cukup mengherankan karena sejak tahun 1907, Kebun Raya Bogor telah mengoleksi anggrek-anggrek dari Pulau Komodo, sehingga janggal komodo begitu lama tersembunyi. Pada masa itu perairan sekitar komodo juga telah dikenal oleh para pencari mutiara, bahkan telah berdiri sebuah perusahaan mutiara.
Majoor Pieter Anthonis Ouwens (1849 - 1922;Nederland)
Ouwens, Pieter Anthonis [Major] (1849-1922; Netherlands)
- Mainly known as herpetologist.
K. W. Dammerman, 1921. Majoor P. A. Ouwens.
Teysmannia (Batavia) 32(3): i-vi, 1 pl. [portrait].
Benthem Jutting, 1939: 183-184.
Engel, 1986: 205-206.
Andries Hoogerwerf (29 August 1906 – 5 February 1977) was a Dutch athlete, naturalist, ornithologist and conservationist who spent much of his working life in the Dutch East Indies and Dutch New Guinea.
Hoogerwerf's athletics career lasted from the early 1920s until 1930, during which period he competed in middle-distance running events. In 1923 Hoogerwerf established his first Dutch national record, completing the 800 metres in 1:56.6. In the 1000 metres event he improved the Dutch record even three times, starting with 2:40.2 in 1929 and ending in 2:35.2 in 1930. In 1930 he finally also improved the Dutch 1500 metres record from 4:10.6 into 4:08.6.
Hoogerwerf competed in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam as a member of the Dutch 4 x 400 metres relay team. The team was eliminated in the qualifications.
In 1927, 1929 and 1930 Andries Hoogerwerf was Dutch 800 metres champion. Besides he was also a member of the 4 x 400 metres relay team of his club HAV that captured the Dutch title in 1926, 1927 en 1929.
In 1931 Hoogerwerf moved to Java in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) where he worked at the Bogor Botanical Gardens. He was appointed the nature protection officer of the colony’s nature reserves in 1935, and is especially associated with Ujung Kulon National Park, Indonesia’s first, and the conservation of the Javan Rhinoceros.
Hoogerwerf returned to the Netherlands in 1957, although continuing to visit Indonesia. He was also stationed from October 1962 to April 1963 at the Agricultural Experimental Station at Manokwari in Dutch New Guinea, serving as its Scientific Officer. He eventually settled at the town of Castricum in the Netherlands where he died of cardiac arrest in 1977. He is commemorated in the names of Hoogerwerf's Rat (Rattus hoogerwerfi) and the Hoogerwerf's Pheasant (Lophura hoogerwerfi).