Torfinn Skard

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Torfinn Skard (20 January 1891 – 11 June 1970) was a Norwegian horticulturist.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Faaberg as a son of educator Matias Skard (1846–1927) and his second wife Nilsine Kristiane Myhre (1860–1891).[1] He was a nephew of Johannes Skar, Christopher Bruun and Per Bø[2] and a half-brother of Olav Skard (a son of Matias's from his first marriage) and Bjarne, Eiliv and Sigmund Skard (whom Matias had by his third wife). Torfinn's mother died in childbirth after having him.[1]

Torfinn married Aagot Sofie Lien (1898–1973) in December 1922 in Solum. When Sigmund Skard married Åse Gruda Skard, Åsa became Torfinn's sister-in-law,[1] and he was thereby also an uncle of Målfrid Grude Flekkøy, Torild Skard[2] and Halvdan Skard.

Career[edit]

Torfinn Skard was an apprentice in horticulture at three different schools between 1907 and 1911, studied at two different folk high schools and studied at the Norwegian College of Agriculture from 1917 to 1919. He worked at Telemark School of Agriculture and Domestic Sciences from 1919 to 1958. He also led Telemark Agricultural Library from 1936 to 1958. He wrote several historical books about Norwegian horticulture, as well as the textbook Dyrking av grønnsaker, frukt og bær (1937). His main work was Hagebruk og gartneri i Norge (1963). His own book collection was donated to the Norwegian College of Agriculture. In 1961 he was rewarded the King's Medal of Merit in gold. He died in June 1970 in Skien.[1][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Balvoll, Gudmund. "Torfinn Skard". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Gulliksen, Øyvind T. "Matias Skard". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Torfinn Skard". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 June 2011.