Georg Hvistendahls Memorial Fund has been established by NSMS in the fall of 1998. The fund is used to support participation in meetings arranged by NSMS and IMSF as well as Nordic MS meetings. Applicants need to be member of NSMS.

For meetings arranged by NSMS (other than the winter meeting), IMSF and the Nordic MS meetings (which are not held in Norway) the application amount is maximal 2500 NOK (up til 10 applications/2 years are granted).The maximal application amount for NSMS its winter meetings is 4500 NOK (up til 10 applications/2 years are granted).

Applications from students/PhD students who contribute scientifically (oral/poster presentation) will be prioritised. 

There is no application deadline for support for meetings arranged by NSMS (other than the winter meeting), IMSF and the Nordic MS meetings (which are not held in Norway)  The application deadline for support for NSMS its winter meeting is november  1st in the calender year before the meeting is held. 

The application needs to sendt to the chairman of NSMS ( and should contain a budget and the amount which will be applied for.


Georg Hvistendahl (1932-1996)

Norway’s foremost specialist in mass spectrometry, Georg Hvistendahl, died in November 1996. This is for us a great blow. We have lost a leading colleague, an enthusiast, a good friend, a notable pedagogue and a much liked and respected spokesman. After having worked several years in another professional area Georg came to chemistry relatively late in life. He rapidly developed a solid reputation in his new academic field. As a result he was employed by Oslo University as a lecturer and associate professor as soon as he had completed his examinations, with his full chair coming some years later.

His scientific and professional work was characterised by diligence and precision, those same qualities being also brought to bear on his teaching. He spent a great deal of time on updating and improving his teaching material. His students remember with pleasure the enthusiasm and seriousness he put into his work. He had an enquiring mind and always looked forward to discovering and learning something new. By nature he was of sober temperament and modest demeanour but above all else it is his positive attitude to colleagues and student that we will remember. One of the things which we appreciated above all else was that he was always willing to take the time to talk to those who sought him out, whether they were seeking professional advice or simply wished to chat with him.

After almost 25 years as a lecturer in organic mass spectrometry at the University of Oslo as well several other universities in Norway he decided to assemble his experience and knowledge in the form of a textbook aimed at the international market. Happily he was able to complete the book and dispatch it to the publishing house concerned before he passed away. He was one of the founders of the Norwegian Society for Mass Spectrometry being always one of the driving forces. He put in countless hours of voluntary work for the Society and for Norwegian mass spectrometry.

There many who will miss Georg Hvistendahl’s friendship and his optimistic and equable personality

Einar Uggerud