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Jul LAG, Norwegian professor of soil science. Medal (Polish Academy.


LAG, Jul was born on November 13, 1915 in Flesberg. Son of Torsten S. Buind L4g and Joran Lag.


Agriculture University of Norway. Boards of Agrochimica (Italy), Geoderma (Netherlands), Ambio (Sweden), Soil Science (United States of America), Alexandria Science Exchange.


After elementary school he was a farm laborer for several years. He took the dr.agric. degree in 1949. He examined and described the rare Norwegian soil types, including rendzina-like soil.

Låg has examined the supply of plant nutrients in precipitation in Norway. He hired scientists in the field both at home and abroad, organized annual symposia where he gave several speeches, and he edited the books where the various contributions were published. An area of research, which he started just before he retired, was the impact of soil and rock properties on human and animal health.

Jul Låg was a professor at the Norwegian College of Agriculture from 1949 to 1985. He served as rector there from 1968 to 1971. He was the praeces of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters from 1976 to 1984.

He was a member and chairman of several public councils, boards, committees, both Norwegian and international, including Chairman of the Board of the Nordic Association of Agriculture Researchers 1957-59 and 1972-79, the Inter-Nordic Committee for Geomedisinsk Research 1978-1984, the Agricultural Scientific Research 1972-1973 and The Research Councils in 1972-73.


  • Låg was appointed a Knight of the 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav (1984), he was Commander of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon (1970) and received the Copernicus Medal from the Polish Academy of Sciences (1974).


  • Author 5 books in Norwegian. Editor: Geomedical Aspects in Present and Future Research, 1980. Basis of Account of Norway's Natural Resources, 1982.Geomedical Research in Relation to Geochemical Registrations, 1984. Geomedical Consequences of Chemical Composition of Freshwater, 1987, Commercial Fertilizers and Geomedical Problems, 1987, Health Problems in Connection with Radiation from Radioactive Matter in Fertilizers, Soils and Rocks, 1988, Excess and Deficiency of Trace Elements in Relation to Human and Animal Health, 1990, Geomedicine, 1990, Human and Animal Health in Relation to Circulation Processes of Selenium and Cadmium, 1991, Chemical Climatology and Geomedical Problems, 1992, Geomedical Problems Related to Aluminium, Iron and Manganese, 1994, Chemical Data of Plant, Animal and Human Tissues as a Basis of Geomedical Investigations, 1996, Some Geomedical Consequences of Nitrogen Circulation Processes, 1997.


Council, Institute Society of Soil Science 1977-1979. Soil Science Society of W. Germany, Michelsens Institute of Science and Intellectual Freedom. Soil Science Society of USSR.

Of Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters. Of Danish, Finnish, Polish and Swedish Academies. Editor boards of Agrochimica (Italy), Geoderma (Netherlands), Ambio (Sweden), Soil Science (United States of America), Alexandria Science Exchange.


  • Other Interests

    Skiing, literature.


Married Ingrid Brenner in 1956 (died in 1979).

Torsten S. Buind L4g

Joran Lag

Ingrid Brenner