Maurits Lindström

Maurits Lindström (10 May 1932 – 14 November 2009) was a Swedish geologist and paleontologist. Lindströms initial work was divided among two topics conodont paleontology and the structural geology of the Scandinavian Caledonides in Lappland.[1]

Maurits Lindström
Born(1932-05-10)10 May 1932
Died14 November 2009(2009-11-14) (aged 77)
AwardsÅrets geolog
Pander Medal
Scientific career
FieldsGeology, Paleontology, Meteoritics
InstitutionsStockholm University

In 1970, he described the conodont families Cordylodontidae, Gondolellidae, Proconodontidae and Rhipidognathidae.[2] In 1971, he described the conodont genera Baltoniodus, Microzarkodina and Paracordylodus.[3] Lindström published conodont studies up to 1987 after which he only supervised students working with conodonts.[1]

In the late 1980s Lindström begun to study ancient impact craters in the Fennoscandian Shield. His studies have confirmed earlier speculations that Tvären and Lockne are craters.[1]

Awards and tributes

In 1985 he became member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and in 2009 he was awarded the prize "Årets geolog" (Geologist of the Year) by Geosektionen of Naturvetarna.[4]

He received the Pander Medal awarded by the Pander Society, an informal organisation founded in 1967 for the promotion of the study of conodont palaeontology.


  1. Bergström, Stig M.; Bergström, Jan; Kumpulainen, Risto; Ormö, Jens; Sturkell, Erik (2007). "Maurits Lindström – A renaissance geoscientist". GFF. 129 (2): 65–70. doi:10.1080/11035890701292065.
  2. A suprageneric taxonomy of the conodonts. Maurits Lindström, Lethaia, Volume 3, Issue 4, pages 427–445, October 1970, doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.1970.tb00834.x
  3. Vom Anfang, Hochstand und Ende eines Epikontinentalmeeres. Maurits Lindström, Geologische Rundschau, March 1971, Volume 60, Issue 2, pages 419-438, doi:10.1007/BF02000464
  4. Geosektionens handlingar

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