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Biographical entry Tepper, Johann Gottlieb Otto (1841 - 1923)

19 April 1841
Poznan, Poland
16 February 1923
Norwood, South Australia, Australia
Naturalist and Teacher


Otto Tepper was a teacher and naturalist who made significant contributions to the study of the natural history of South Australia. After 16 years teaching in rural areas of the colony, he was appointed Collector at the South Australian Museum, later also being given responsibilities as numismatist, librarian and Entomologist. His main collecting areas were the Barossa Valley, Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island and Yorke Peninsula. He published widely on insects, describing a number of new species, and on the flora and geology of South Australia. The South Australian Museum holds Tepper's entomological specimens: his collection of plant specimens ultimately went to the State Herbarium of South Australia, while the National Herbarium of Victoria holds over 3,200 specimens as a result of his extended correspondence with Ferdinand von Mueller. Tepper was an active participant in local scientific societies, serving two terms as President of the Field Naturalists' Section of the Royal Society of South Australia. He also played a key role in conservation initiatives, including chairing the Native Fauna and Flora Protection Committee. A number of plant species and the cockroach genus Jotepperia (= Carbrunneria) were named in Tepper's honour.



Life event - Migrated to South Australia with his family
1867 - 1883
Career position - Teacher in rural schools, South Australian Department of Education
1878 - 1912
Career position - Member, Royal Society of South Australia
1878 - 1912
Career position - Member, South Australian Gardener's Society
1879 - 1923
Career position - Fellow, Linnean Society of London
1883 - 1888
Career position - Natural History Collector, South Australian Museum
1883 - 1923
Career position - Founding Member, Field Naturalists' Section, Royal Society of South Australia
1886 - 1888
Career position - Chairman, Field Naturalists' Section, Royal Society of South Australia
1888 - 1911
Career position - Entomologist, South Australian Museum
1891 - 1923
Career position - Chairman, Field Naturalists' Section, Royal Society of South Australia
1896 - 1909
Career position - Vice-President, South Australian Gardener's Society
1898 - 1923
Career position - Life Member, Society of Science, Letters and Arts, London
Life event - Retired
1912 - 1923
Award - Honorary Member, Royal Society of South Australia

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