Prof. A. G. Nathorst

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AEFRED GABRIEL NATHORST, who for the greater part of his life was Director of the Palajobotanieal Museum of the Swedish Academy, died at Stockholm on January 20 at seventy years of age. In many respects Nathorst was a remarkable man; precluded by deafness from the ordinary means of communicating with his fellows, he had an almost uncanny power of divining the point of a remark before it was fully expressed in writing on the tablet which he always carried with him: a keen sense of humour, a boyish love of the ridiculous, and a lovable personality made him a delightful companion. Some chance word or incident would lead him to quote verbatim passages from Dickens, especially “The Pickwick Papers,” Kipling, or other favourite author; he wrote and spoke English and German with apparent ease, and some of his papers are written in French. In him, as in comparatively few men, were combined the naturalist's love of the open air and the lust of travel with the patience of the laboratory student.

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SEWARD, A. Prof. A. G. Nathorst. Nature 107, 112–113 (1921). https://doi.org/10.1038/107112a0

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