Russian Journal of Marine Biology, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2003, pp. 58–59. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2003 by Biologiya Morya, Alimov, Stepanyants, Grebelny. JUBILEES OF THE ZOOLOGICAL INSTITUTE True to Sponges (On the 80th Birthday of V. M. Koltun) Vladimir Mikhailovich Koltun was born on July 21, out: a guide to Cornacuspongida in 1959; Hexactinel- 1921, in Leningrad. He entered Leningrad State Uni- lidae, in 1966; and Tetraxonida, in 1967. versity on the eve of the Great Patriotic War in 1939 At the same time, Koltun began working out a fairly and, having studied for several months, like many oth- new trend in spongiology—a spicule analysis. At ﬁrst it ers of his generation, was called up to the army. looked like an applied approach: “Spicule analysis as a Although a greenhorn, he was sent to the front line and method of stratigraphic separation of bottom deposits in 1942 received a severe wound near Belgorod. After and ancient sedimentary rocks.” However, later on he a long cure at a hospital, he served on the home front began to apply the spicules to solving a wide range of for some time. With purposefulness, perseverance, and taxonomic problems. deliberation characteristic of
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