CV of Bianca M. Gerlich
1967: born in Braunschweig / Germany.
1979: "Sandokan" with Kabir Bedi (seen on TV)
1981: for the first time reading a Salgari novel in German language ("Sandokan - King of the Seas")
1982: Learned Malaysian via correspondence course
1985: learned Italian; Trip to Rome, acquisition of many Italian Salgari books
1986: graduation from high school at the "Ricarda-Huch-Schule" high school in Braunschweig
1986 - 1989: Teacher training in Braunschweig with the first state examination
1991: 2nd state examination
1991 - 1996: Study of Austronestics at the University of Hamburg (seminar for Indonesian and South Sea languages "), degree Magistra Artium 1996;
1991: Existence of Mompracem Island and the tiger flag discovered
1992: First trip to Malaysia, acquaintances in Marudu
1993: Erasmus grant to study at SOAS in London
August 1993: International Guest of Honor at the celebration of the Malaysian National Day (Kuching, TV recording),
August 11, 1993: Learned about Sandokan's historical existence in Marudu
December 1993: Participation in the international recitation competition in Kuala Lumpur (for Germany)
1994: Trip to Italy, conversation with Prof. Dr. Santa Maria in Rome concerning the historical Sandokan, planning a publication
1995: Lectures in Berlin and Cologne on Sandokan, publication of an article on the historical Sandokan in German
December 1995: again participation in the international recitation competition in Kuala Lumpur (for Germany)
1996: Publication on Sandokan in Italian language
1998: Publication on Sandokan in English language
1999: Creation of mompracem.de
2000: PhD with "Marudu 1845 - The Destruction and Reconstruction of a Coastal State in Borneo"
2002: Lecture about Sandokan at the fan meeting with Kabir Bedi in Fulda
2002/03: trip to Malaysia, completion of research on Syarif Osman
2003: Obtaining the doctorate through the book publication "Marudu 1845 - The Destruction and Reconstruction of a Coastal State in Borneo"
2003: Lecture at the Salgari Congress in Turin
2005: Another article published on Sandokan
2011: On the occasion of Emilio Salgari's anniversary year, resumption of research in various areas
2012: Publication of an article about Syarif Osman in "Sabah Society Journal"
2013: Publication of an article about Mompracem in "Oriente Moderno"
2017: Lecture on the historical background of Salgaris Sandokan at an international Salgari conference in Bremen
2018: Trip to Sabah / Malaysia
2019: Trip to Malaysia: Pulau Kapas (location of the film "Sandokan" from 1976), Labuan / Keraman (Mompracem) and Kinabatangan as well as lectures about Syarif Osman from Marudu in Kota Kinabalu / Sabah Society (18.7.19), in Pinatawai (22.7.19) and in Kota Marudu (23.7.2019)
2019: Kabir Bedi honored for his life's work at the 8th Cineway Festival in Wolfsburg, participation
2022: Lecture "I riferimenti etnografici di Emilio Salgari in 'Le Tigri di Mompracem'" on December 2nd, 2022 in the library Civica di Verona within the lecture series "Ondas do Mar - Viaggi e Viaggiatori".