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Ecologist and radio and television broadcaster Nils Dahlbeck has been instrumental in bringing nature into the homes of millions of Scandinavian radio listeners and television viewers. His efforts for the conservation of nature have advanced the preservation of natural species and environments in Sweden.
Born in Tierp, Sweden, he obtained bachelor and master of science degrees at the University of Uppsala, and received a doctorate for his thesis on the ecology of salt marshes and their influence on saltwater vegetation.
Dahlbeck became general secretary of the Swedish Society for the Conservation of Nature in 1936 and was appointed board member in 1950. ln 1951, he joined Radio Sweden where, in addition to radio broadcasting, he became Sweden's first official producer of television programmes. During his career as a radio broadcaster, he was responsible for 1,001 editions of a series of live Sunday programmes entitled Man and Nature, as well as 115 editions of ln Nature with Nils Dahlbeck.
Throughout his career, Dr Dahlbeck has been closely involved in Swedish and international nature conservation efforts. He helped develop a nature conservation plan for the Stockholm area and was appointed secretary of the government committee to advise on new nature conservation legislation. He has worked widely as an adviser on nature conservation, in particular for the protection of the brown bear, lynx, wolf and wolverine.
He contributed to the foundation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (lUCN), and was subsequently nominated as a member of the IUCN board. He is currently Member of the Board of WWF Sweden and an IUCN member of honour.
Between 1936 and 1950, Dahlbeck was editor of the journal Sveriges Natur and wrote Book on Nature. He also founded Var Feqelvërk (Our World of Birds).
He has been awarded the King of Sweden's gold medal, made Knight of the Order of the Polar Star, Commander of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon and Grand Master of the Distinguished Order of the Geats. More recently, he was awarded the lllis quorum meruere labores medal, the highest distinction the Swedish Government can grant one of its citizens.
Dr Dahlbeck died on 19 December 1998.
Published in 1993