Geologica Belgica Geologica Belgica -  volume 15 (2012)  number 4 - Proceedings of the XIth International Symposium on Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera 

Mentors: the generation 1935-1985


25 Susanna Drive, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.;

Yoichi EZAKI

Department of Geosciences, Graduate School of Science, Osaka City University, 3-3-138 Sugimoto, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka 558-8585, Japan;


Institute of Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Maków Polnych 16, Pl 61-606 Poznań, Poland;

John S. JELL

School of Earth Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld 4120 Australia;

Makoto KATO

Hokkaido University Museum, Kita 10, Nishi 8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0810, Japan


Instytut Nauk Geologicznych, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Oleandry 2a, 30-063 Krakow, Poland;


Instytut Paleobiologii PAN, Twarda 51/55, 00-818 Warszawa, Poland;


The lives and scientific contributions of five eminent academic geologists and paleontologists; James Alloiteau (Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France), Dorothy Hill (University of Queensland, Australia), Marius Lecompte (University of Louvain, Belgium), Masao Minato (Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan), and Maria Różkowska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland) are briefly summarized here. Each of these paleontologists made major contributions to the study of fossil corals and/or sponges, and each overcame considerable difficulties and disruptions in their lives to excel as mentors to us. All showed remarkable determination and love for paleontological research, and inspired their students and colleagues to understand details of structure and systematic positions of fossil corals and sponges. Each of these individual mentors was the subject of a presentation by a former student at the 11th International Symposium on Fossil Corals and Sponges in Liege, Belgium; thus, somewhat broader coverage of each is provided in the abstracts volume of the meeting.

To cite this article

James E. SORAUF, Yoichi EZAKI, Jerzy FEDOROWSKI, John S. JELL, Makoto KATO, Elzbieta MORYCOWA & Eva RONIEWICZ, «Mentors: the generation 1935-1985», Geologica Belgica [En ligne], volume 15 (2012), number 4 - Proceedings of the XIth International Symposium on Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera, 204-208 URL :