Brian Houghton Hodgson and the ‘Zoology of Nipal’

Of all the nineteenth-century naturalists who have been obscured in Charles Darwin’s titanic shadow, Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800-1894) must surely rank as one of the most extraordinary. An East India Company diplomat and scholar, he was stationed in Nepal between 1820 and 1843, a period when European knowledge of the Himalayas – its peoples, cultures,…