Gunnar Erdtman

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Otto Gunnar Elias Erdtman (18 November 1897 – 18 February 1973) was a Swedish botanist and pioneer in palynology.[1][2] With the publication of his 1921 thesis[3] in German, pollen analysis became known outside Scandinavia. Erdtman systematically studied pollen morphology and developed the method of acetolysis in pollen studies. His handbook An introduction to pollen analysis [4] was instrumental in the development of the discipline. In 1948, he created the palynological laboratory at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. He headed the laboratory until 1971, from 1954 with the title of professor.


  1. ^ Nilsson, Siwert; Praglowski, Joseph (1978). "Professor Gunnar Erdtman 1897-1973". Grana. 17 (1): 1–4. doi:10.1080/00173137809428846. 
  2. ^ Fægri, Knut (1973). "In memoriam O. Gunnar E. Erdtman 1897-1973". Pollen et Spores. 15 (1): 5–12. Archived from the original on 2010-04-03. 
  3. ^ Erdtman, O. Gunnar E. (1921). Pollenanalytische Untersuchungen von Torfmooren und marinen Sedimenten in Südwest-Schweden (Dissertation, Stockholms Högskola). (Arkiv för botanik vol. 17:10). Uppsala: Almqvist & Wiksell. p. 173. 
  4. ^ Erdtman, G. (1943). An Introduction to Pollen Analysis. (A new series of plant science books, vol. 12). Waltham, Mass.: Chronica Botany Company. p. 239.  2nd edn (1992) edited by Siwert Nilsson and Joseph Praglowski. Copenhagen, Munksgaard ISBN 87-16-10846-9
  5. ^ IPNI.  Erdtman.