Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I had the good fortune of meeting the wonderful paleontologist and popularizer Richard Fortey when he was in Oslo this fall. I interviewed him together with a fellow student for a student-based magazine from Oslo, called "argument:" . The article can be found here as a pdf, and our article is on page 50-51. It's in Norwegian. And it's quite cozy.
Fortey is just the kind of guy I want to be when I grow up to become and old guy (gal), extremely engaging, extremely interested, and very sweet and friendly.
Also, he writes wonderful books, bubbling with enthusiasm and anecdotes from a life in science. He is also probably the only person in the world who could have titled his book on trilobites " TRILOBITE! " Oh, man I love that exclamation point. He sometimes gets accused of being a fossil himself, but I think he's quite fine with it given his regard for fossils.
His books are among others: Dry Store Room nr. 1 - the secret life of the natural history museum, Trilobite!, Life: an unauthorized biography.
I'm a fan for life.