Professor Emeritus Svein B. Manum was a true pioneer in both national Norwegian and international palaeobotany and palynology. Specifically, he singlehandedly instigated pre-Quaternary palynology in Norway. He sadly passed away on September 30th 2015 when he was nearly 89 years old. Svein had a long career as a researcher in, and a teacher of, palaeobotany and palynology. This article on Svein Manum’s life and career is based on the collective memories of the authors, correspondence and unpublished notes by Svein (see also Mangerud 2015; Vigran 2016).

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Svein Bendik Manum was born on October 3rd 1926 to...

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