Meet Datuk C.L. Chan
Place of Birth: Sandakan, Sabah
Datuk C.L. Chan was born in Sandakan, Sabah. A keen naturalist, illustrator and photographer. He has an absorbing interest in Bornean insects particularly stick insects and beetles. Another consuming passion is the native Bornean orchids. He was the President of the Borneo Orchid Society for some years, a collaborator on the Orchids of Borneo project between the Sabah Society and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and publishes the Malesian Orchid Journal. He also founded Natural History Publications (Borneo) in 1992, through which he helped to promote all forms of research and documentation in his home state of Sabah, including the history, culture, the arts, botany, zoology, and the rich natural history of Borneo and Southeast Asia. In 2002, he was bestowed the honorific title Datuk by the Sabah State Government. Chan has written or co-authored various scientific papers and is coauthor of the richly illustrated A Guide to Beetles of Borneo. He is also coauthor of The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu (2 Volumes) and Kinabalu: The Natural History, Ecology and Biodiversity of World Heritage Mountain, centred on his favourite natural history interest.