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Sayar U Thane Hlyne
Dear Ko Soe Myint,

First of all, thank you so much for creating such a lovely web site allowing geologists to meet, share experiences and provide updates.
I have to admit that I didn’t visit your website recently until today.

To my surprise “comments by Dr Yin Yin Nwe and Ko Myint Hlaing (NY)” were posted in end of September and early October 2009, respectively, with my name mentioned in comments/stories.
Well, I would like to take this opportunity to add a few to their comments.

Sayar U Thane Hlyne (Dr Yin Yin Nwe spelt it correctly) was a very talented, energetic, self-sacrificing person and a devoted geologist/teacher.

He also did great contribution in field training, particularly surveying and geological mapping. His approach was a bit tough though but in those days physical and mental endurance played a pivotal role in becoming a good geologist. Dr Yin Yin Nwe was one such geologist, right?

He was a great photographer. We had a “dark room” in the department for developing negative films and printing. He was helping research geologists in making “slides” from negative films for presentation at the Annual Research Conference. Personally, I owed him in this subject. When I had to prepare slides of photomicrographs for a research paper presented in 1967 he worked with me in the dark room till 4:00 a.m. He would never spoon-feed you but you have to learn by watching him.

He was also a manager/coach of geology soccer team. And, the dinner would be on him whether the team won or lost, at “U Chit Tea House” near Ramanya Hall (University Teaching Staff Residence). He stayed at an apartment in Ramanya Hall with his family (Daw Tin Pu, wife/retired matron, Cho Bu/Myint Hlaing and Cho Too). Ma Ma Pu is now in Singapore with younger sons and a granddaughter.

He was the first one who brought a text book for “Plate Tectonics” when he came back from London University to collect data and materials for his PhD thesis. Dr Mg Thin used it for Physical Geology course to introduce “Plate Tectonics” to students. In those days, continental drift was still a controversial topic at our Geology Department (Yangon).

Of course, while sayar U Thane Hlyne was at Imperial College, London, Daw Yin Yin Nwe was at Cambridge University and I was at UNB, Canada. We were all doing Ph D. Those were the days.

It was a tragedy in 1987. We lost a true geologist. We pray for all late teachers of GEOLOGY annually on 9 August 2009 at the Burmese Buddhist Temple in Singapore.

“We were born innocent. Experiences, environment and society shape our perception of what is right and wrong”.

With Metta
Win Naing (1967 Geology)
Consultant Engineering Geologist
41A Bedok Ria Crescent #03-51 Stratford Court Singapore 489929






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