Czech Austrian botanist, zoologist, geologist, geodesist and
Born in Bilani, now part of Kromeriz in Moravia, Czech Republic.
For several years he was an employee of the Vienna Geological
Institute, in 1862 he received an invitation from the Geological
Survey of India in Calcutta to the position of an associate member.
A number of his articles are devoted to the Cretaceous fossils of
At the same time, Stolichka published important works on zoology
in the publications of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, of which he
had been secretary since 1868.
In 1864 and 1865
Stolichka made a scientific journey to English Tibet, in 1873, as
a geologist, he participated in the embassy in Kashgar, and then
with Colonel Gordon and Trotter went to Chatyr-kul in Tien Shan,
through the Pamir to Wakhan and back, but only reached Murgge on
Shayok, near the passage to Ladakh.
In 1873, he made his last trip to the Himalayas.
Stolichka fell ill and died in Murghi, Ladakh, on the bank of the
Shayok River in Pakistan.
The administration of Ladakh in
Leh , India in 1876, established an
obelisk in honor of the researcher,
which has since become a place of pilgrimage for explorers of the
FERDINANT STOLICZKA, Ph D.
Born in Moravia 7th June 1838
Died at Moorgo 19th June 1874
while returning from Yarkund with the British
Mission to which he was attached as Naturalist.
Though young when he fell a sacrifice to duty,
he had already achieved eminence by his
researches into the geology and
natural history of India
AND HIS EARLY DEATH
is deeply regretted by the world of science
and by the government of india who
in recognition of his able and
honorable services, have
caused this monu-
ment to be
An island in the north of the
American strait in the
archipelago of Franz Josef Land.
Opened and named in 1874 by
(photo by N. M. Stolbov)