July 4, 2022

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Google pays tribute to legendary Malaysian zoologist Lim Boo Liat

Google has honored the late Dr. Lim Boo Liat – the eminent Malaysian zoologist and mammalogist who helped begin Zoo Negara – with a Doodle on its search web page as we speak.

The tribute comes on the anniversary of the legendary scientist’s reception of an Honorary Membership into the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) on June 21, 2003, which made him the very first Southeast Asian (and fourth particular person from Asia) to grow to be an Honorary Member of the affiliation – an award that dates all the best way again to 1919.

Google Doodle of Dr. Lim Boo Liat. IMAGE: Google

Lim’s historical past is a storied one – having gone by the tribulations of World Conflict II as a youngster, he finally took on odd jobs to assist assist his household, which finally led him to come across the Orang Asli of Carey Island who educated him on figuring out numerous animal species.

A younger Lim as a lab assistant. IMAGE: Google

His journey then noticed him grow to be a lab assistant, then a subject biologist finding out host-parasite relationships and zoonotic illnesses, after which transferring up the ladder to finally having over 80 scientific papers on vertebrates to his identify earlier than being requested to move up a newly-created Medical Ecology Division on the Institute of Medical Analysis (IMR).

Lim steadily grew to become acknowledged as an skilled by each native and international analysis establishments within the examine of animals and their roles in illness transmission, and even created the idea of “ecological labeling by parasite sample”, which posited that the parasites and meals habits of small mammals may very well be used nearly as good indicators of their behavioral habits of their pure environments.

Lim engaged on a specimen. IMAGE: Google

This discovering of his was printed within the Zoological Society of London’s Journal of Zoology in 1967.

All of this occurred regardless of him having no formal training, which inspired international teachers a lot that they created a sponsored path for him to pursue a Grasp’s Diploma on the College of Aberdeen in Scotland – regardless of not but having a Bachelor’s Diploma amongst his credentials.

Ultimately, he returned to Malaysia in 1972 as a full-fledged zoologist to proceed working the Medical Ecology Division, earlier than receiving a PhD in Zoology from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1977.

Following this, he was welcomed to the places of work of the World Well being Group (WHO), the place he grew to become the pinnacle of the Vector Biology Management Analysis Unit which carried out analysis on plagues, malaria management, and rodent management, up till his retirement in 1987.

IMAGE: Google

Alongside the best way, nevertheless, Lim additionally managed to find a brand new species of the mountain reed snake, Macrocalamus gentingensis, in Genting Highlands, Pahang (discovered nowhere else on the planet), and has since had many different animals species named after him by scientists each native and international.

Macrocalamus gentingensis, a species of mountain reed snake discovered solely in Genting Highlands, Pahang. IMAGE: Google/MyBIS

On the finish of all of it, Lim was dubbed “the daddy of zoology”, and ended his profession as one of the revered zoologists on the worldwide scene, together with his work now acknowledged and cited in lots of journals and publications around the globe.

“Dr. Lim was an impressive mammalogist and his accomplishments are extremely regarded all through the world. He was honored by the American Society of Mammalogists as one among our Honorary Members,” stated Dr. Robert M. Timm, a historian and previous president of the American Society of Mammalogists. “This was conferred by a vote of your entire membership attending our annual assembly in June, 2003.”

“Honorary Members are elected in recognition of distinguished service to the science of mammalogy. It’s thought of the Society’s highest honor.”

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