via BBC Sounds, 08 August 2023: Featuring the life and times of Singapore’s founder, Stamford Raffles and his time in Indonesia and (this is new to me) subsequent founding on the London Zoo.
It’s a famous name – there’s Raffles Hotel and Raffles Hospital, plus the rafflesia, the largest flowering plant in the world, an ant, a butterflyfish and a woodpecker, as well as the Raffles Cup, a horse race in Singapore. He was born in 1781 and as an agent of the East India Company, Thomas Stamford Raffles rose to become lieutenant governor of Java during the Napoleonic war. He’s also often named as the founder of Singapore and also London Zoo. But how did he achieve so much so fast?
Recorded on location at London zoo with Matthew Gould, CEO of the Zoological Society of London; plus Stephen Murphy of SOAS University of London and Natasha Wakely who talks about Matthew Gould’s second choice, Joan Procter, first female curator of reptiles who famously used to take a Komodo dragon for walks on a leash.