We dedicate this volume to the memory of Ivan Th. Rosenqvist (1916–1994), a truly cross disciplinary Norwegian geochemist. He was sentenced to death for espionage against the Nazis in 1942 and wrote most of his PhD on augen gneisses and granitisation in the Oppdal area (Southern Norway) while on “death row” during 18 months in solitary isolation, before being pardoned and sent to Sachsenhausen in 1944.

Rosenqvist was a communist and was forced to leave the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment in 1950 because of his political views. He was also highly controversial in the 70s and 80s for his science...

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