Richard A. Scott, 1995. "Chester A. Arnold (1901–1977): Portrait of an American paleobotanist", Historical Perspective of Early Twentieth Century Carboniferous Paleobotany in North America, Paul C. Lyons, Elsie Darrah Morey, Robert H. Wagner
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In characterizing Chester A. Arnold, the single word that best describes both the man and the scientist is substantial. He was substantial in appearance—a tall, large man whose presence was always felt despite his reticence. His physical size was exceeded by the stature of his contributions to paleobotany; his interests ranged from the Paleozoic to the Tertiary. His impacts upon his colleagues and students were substantive—his terse, measured comments always impaled the moment. Arnold played a critical role in the growth of paleobotany into a major discipline in the United States by way of his introductory textbook on paleobotany (1947) and his numerous fundamental paleobotanical contributions, mainly on Devonian, Mississippian, and Pennsylvanian floras. Arnold was honored by his receipt of the Silver Medal of the Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany (India) and of the Distinguished Service Award of the Paleobotanical Section of the Botanical Society of America and by the naming of several paleobotanical taxa for him.