Daniel Holloway was born in Epsom, England, in 1945. He was educated at
Bryanston School, then Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he took both his
first degree (Natural Sciences Tripos) and his doctorate, the thesis for
the latter being on the application of numerical methods of analysis to
He has had extensive experience collecting Lepidoptera in the region:
three months on an expedition to Mount Kinabalu in 1965, and five months
in New Caledonia and Norfolk Island in 1971. From then until 1978 he
worked on the results of this work, publishing three books and numerous
papers. In 1978 he joined the Royal Geographic Society - Sarawak
Government Expedition and Survey of Mount Mulu National Park, spending
five months there working on the Lepidoptera. This material, that from the
Kinabalu expedition, and samples made in Brunei over several years by Col.
M.G. Allen and colleagues form the foundation for this series on Bornean
In 1985 he made two visits to northern Sulawesi as Director of the
Diversity and Conservation Programme of Project Wallace, the Royal
Entomological Society of London and Indonesian Institute of Sciences
Commemorative Expedition. In 1987 he visited Seram in the Moluccas as a
participant in the Operation Raleigh expedition to that island. His
quantitative samples of moths from most major habitat types will provide
material for a treatment of these faunas comparable to this Bornean
He was employed as a specialist on macrolepidoptera with the International
Institute of Entolomology (an Institute of CAB INTERNATIONAL, now absorbed
in part into CABI Bioscience) Identification Service from 1978 to 1996.
Since early "retirement" in 1996, he has been working full time
on The Moths of Borneo, but continues also to publish on a range of
topics in the fields of biodiversity and biogeography. He has co-edited
with the geologist Robert Hall a book on Biogeography and the
Geological Evolution of SE Asia, published by Backhuys. He has
recently led a team producing The families of Malesian moths and
butterflies, the third Handbook of the Fauna Malesiana series.
He helped supervise two Malaysian postgraduate students who undertook moth
sampling projects in forest ecosystems: both are employed as forest
entomologists (FRIM and Sabah Forest Department), and his collaboration
with them continues. He has advised a number of other Malaysian and
Indonesian students with moth sampling projects, and has assisted with
curation and identification of moths in major reference collections in
He married Phillipa Goninan in 1981. She has produced typescripts for most
of the series, and for the last five parts, camera-ready copy.
In 1995 he was awarded the Karl Jordan Medal of The
Lepidopterists' Society, in part for his work on this series.