Friday, June 25, 2021

Margit Harsson (1943-2021)

 It is with great sadness that I learned of the recent death of Professor Margit Harsson. She passed away on the 3rd June, just a few days before her 78th birthday.

She worked in the Department of Onomastics (Seksjon for navnegransking) at the University of Oslo from 1989 until her retirement in 2013. From the 1990s, she published the series Bustadnavn i Østfold together with her colleague Tom Schmidt. In that project, they examined the building and house names in Østfold county. In 2010, she published her large Encyclopaedia of Street Names with ending -rud, a work based on the longstanding Harsson's study of place names.

In 2011, Margit Harsson received an honorary prize of SEK 70 000 from the Jöran Sahlgren Prize Fund. The latter rewards outstanding scholarly achievements in Nordic place-name, dialect or folklore research. The fund is running under the aegis of the Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folk Culture. This supreme prize was given for an outstanding contribution of Margit to the Norwegian Onomastics and Toponymy.

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