Tom Fenchel

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Tom Fenchel
Born (1940-03-19) 19 March 1940 (age 78)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Known for

Tom Michael Fenchel (born 19 March 1940 in Copenhagen) is a Danish marine ecologist and professor first at the University of Aarhus, later at the University of Copenhagen. He is a highly cited scientist[1] and known for, among other things, Fenchel's Law.


Fenchel holds PhD (1964) and Doctor of Science (1969) degrees, both from the University of Copenhagen.

Awards and honours[edit]

He is a foreign member of the Royal Society[2] and a reviewing editor of the scientific journal Science.[3] He was the 1986 recipient of the ECI Prize of ecology and wrote the book [4] in the ECI Prize laureate series Excellence in Ecology. He served as president 2004-2008 of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (he has been a member since 1976). In 2006 he was awarded the A.C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.

He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters[5] and of the American National Academy of Sciences[6]


  1. ^ ISI Highly Cited[dead link]
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  3. ^ Science Editorial Board Archived August 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Ecology - Potentials and Limitations (1987) Full text
  5. ^ "Gruppe 5: Biologi" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Newly elected foreign associates". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  7. ^ IPNI.  Fenchel.