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 form the foundation for this series on Bornean moths.
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
Entomology (an Institute of CAB INTERNATIONAL) Identification Service
through 1978-1996. 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 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.
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 also 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 South-east Asia.
He married Phillipa Goninan in 1981. She has produced typescripts for most
of the series, and for the last three 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.