Wilhem de Haan

Wilhem de Haan ( born February 7, 1801 in Leiden, † April 15, 1855 ) was a Dutch zoologist. He dealt particularly with the study of insects and crustaceans, and was the first curator of invertebrates at the Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke History in Leiden (now " Naturalis "). He was forced to resign in 1846 because he was paralyzed by a spinal disorder partially.

He was responsible for the band on invertebrates of Siebold 's Fauna Japonica. This was published in 1833 and made the Japanese fauna for the first time in the Western world known. He described many new taxa ( Abstract: De Haan ), several taxa are named in his honor.


  • Fauna Japonica online - de Haan's work starts on page 36
  • Zoologist
  • Entomologist
  • Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences
  • Netherlander
  • Born in 1801
  • Died in 1855
  • Man