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
I have to admit that I didn’t visit your website recently until
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
Sayar U Thane Hlyne (Dr Yin Yin Nwe spelt it correctly) was a
very talented, energetic, self-sacrificing person and a devoted
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
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”.
Win Naing (1967 Geology)
Consultant Engineering Geologist
41A Bedok Ria Crescent #03-51 Stratford Court Singapore 489929