Hooijer was born in Medan, Sumatra (Indonesia) on 30th
May 1919. He moved to Holland and studied geology at the University of
Leiden. After his graduation, he
became curator of the fossils collected by Prof. dr. M.E.F. Dubois, the
so-called Dubois-collection. He obtained a Rockerfeller fellow-ship at the
American Museum of Natural History, New York in 1950-1951 and a Regents
professorship at the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Hooijer wrote 267 papers on vertebrate fossils from Indonesia, Africa,
the Near East, the Netherlands and the Antilles (South America). Many of his
papers are devoted to species which had his main interest e.g. Proboscidae,
Rhinocerotidae, Suidae and Primates. He described 6 new genera e.g.
Cebelochoerus, Chilotheridium, Epileptobos, Paradiceros, Paulocnus and
Spelaeomys and 47 new (sub)species (a number of which as co-author). With the
death of Dr. D.A. Hooijer we lost a colleague who was much appreciated in the
international palaeontological world.
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