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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)...

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