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Arnold H. Bouma commenced his geological studies in Groningen in 1951, under the tutorship of Professor Kuenen. An assistantship enabled him to help with many of the experiments of Professor Kuenen and Dr. Van Straaten. After obtaining his bachelor's degree, he went to the State University of Utrecht. From 1956 to 1960 he was assistant to Professor Doeglas. In 1960 he was elected treasurer to the Internationals Association of Sedimentology. Dr. Bouma obtained his Master of Science degree in 1959 and his doctor's degree in 1961.
–Biography from "Sedimentology of Some Flysch Deposits" (1963).
In 1963, Arnold Bouma published his thesis, "Sedimentology of Some Flysch Deposits," documenting his observations of sandstone beds predominately in outcrops around Peira Cava, France, and introducing a systematic depositional pattern from a turbulent flow, which has become known as the Bouma series. Over the next fifty years, this concept has been expanded upon by many geologists, fundamentally advancing our understanding of sedimentological processes occurring not only in deepwater settings, but everywhere sediment gravity flows occur.
Arnold also had a more direct impact on numerous students and colleagues during his career in academia, industry, and government. Many stories can be told of interacting with Arnold at conferences, in the classroom, and out in the field on the outcrops. This luncheon will provide an opportunity to share stories about Arnold, especially ones he personally would have loved to recount. Arnold was a huge supporter of GCAGS, making this the perfect venue for remembering Arnold's contribution to sedimentology and his influence on sedimentologists.
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