Apenes, Ola (swedish)
Ola Rasmus Apenes was born on August 23rd 1898 in the Norwegian town of Fredrikstad. He received his training as an engineer at the Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule in Zurich during 1917—1923. After serving in various appointments with Swedish, Norwegian and North American industrial concerns in the electricity branch, he was from 1929 attached to the L. M. Ericsson Telephone Company Ltd (Compania de Telefonos Ericsson, S. A.) in Mexico City. His spare time in Mexico Apenes with untiring energy devoted to archaeological and ethnographical study. Himself a trained mathematician, he conceived an intense interest in Mayan chronology, and in Ethnos he has published three articles on that special subject. Lake Texcoco and its surrounding district formed in latter years his particular field of research, and there he made several important archaeological discoveries and carried out valuable detailed studies. We were here able to publish a manuscript of his — presumably one of the last he ever wrote — a by-product of his extensive preparations for a work on the history and ethnography of the lake district. In addition, it should not be forgotten that Apenes gave much time and labour to the study of early maps of the Valley of Mexico and that he had himself compiled an excellent map, a detail of which is here reproduced. Ola Apenes was of a retiring disposition, and lived solely for his work and his studies along with a narrow circle of friends. For these, and for all who had come into contact with his sterling personality, his tragic death constituted a deeply-felt loss. He had only recently severed all ties that connected him with his second fatherland, Mexico, and was preparing himself to devote his life and his powers to the liberation of Norway. Even before he had time to complete his preliminary course of instruction, he was carried off by illness in his training camp in Canada. Even among his comrades in the new environment his valuable qualities made themselves felt and appreciated, and letters from them bear witness of the void he left behind in their midst. S. L. (Sigvald Linné, Obituary i Ethnos 1944:I, s. 43)
Ola Apenes, född 1898, död 1943, ingenjör. Han föddes i Fredrikstad, Norge, och utbildades i Zürich 1917-23. Från 1929 arbetade han för L. M. Ericsson i Mexiko City. På sin fritid ägnade han sig åt arkeologiska och etnografiska studier, framför allt Mayakulturen.