- © 2003 by AASP Foundation
The American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists bestows upon SVEIN B. MANUM its Medal of Scientific Excellence for four decades of outstanding contribution to the study of land plant palynology, paleobotany, dinoflagellate cyst morphology and stratigraphy. His power of meticulous observation and scholarly investigation of new fields has been combined with the unique art of blending palynological and paleobotanical observations in evolution, morphology, paleoecology and biostratigraphy.
PRESENTATION BY BINDRA THUSU AND JORUNN OS VIGRAN
Professor Svein B. Manum was born in 1926 in Askim, Norway. He received the degree of Cand. real. (M.Sc.) in 1953 and Dr. philos. (Ph.D.) in 1962 from the University of Oslo. His interest had been drawn to the modern and fossil floras of Spitsbergen by a popular book that he had read as a teenager. As a botany student he approached the late Professor Ove Arbo Höeg, renowned for studies of the Devonian floras of Spitsbergen, to apply for a thesis project related to Spitsbergen. He was offered a palynological study of Spitsbergen’s Paleogene coals, which started a lifelong research interest in Arctic fossil floras and paleoclimates.
Svein is outstanding among the palynologists and paleobotanists of his generation. He remains one of the few who has set an example of combining in his research three distinct fields: land plant palynology, dinoflagellate cyst studies, and paleobotany. With this scientific approach Svein has generated new ideas on Spitsbergen’s Cretaceous and Tertiary floras, the evolution of the North Atlantic, biogeography and climate change.
In well over 50 publications Svein has consistently set the highest standards of observation and insightful analysis of pollen, dinoflagellate cyst morphology and stratigraphy, and fossil floras of the Arctic. His investigations on clitellate cocoons demonstrate his power of meticulous observation.
At the University of Oslo he has taught students and associates the importance of careful observation and thoughtful interpretation. He …