Tom Fenchel

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Tom Fenchel

Born (1940-03-19) 19 March 1940 (age 83)
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Scientific career
Thesis The ecology of marine microbenthos IV : structure and function of the benthic ecosystem, its chemical and physical factors and the microfauna communities with special reference to the ciliated protozoa  (1969)

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

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]

The standard author abbreviation Fenchel is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name. [7]

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  1. ISI Highly Cited [ dead link ]
  2. "Tom Fenchel | Royal Society".
  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. Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. 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. International Plant Names Index.  Fenchel.