Van Bemmelen and the Soils of Deli

Three professor generations of Van Bemmelen contributed to the study of Soils of Deli.

Jakob Marteen van Bemmelen (1830–1911)

JM van Bemmelen

Jakob Marteen van Bemmelen was born on 3 November 1830 in Almelo, the Netherlands. He studied chemistry at the University of Leiden and obtained a doctorate in 1854 on the extraction of chemical compounds from Cibotium cumingii, a fern from Sumatra.