1.Michael Sars was born in Bergen 30 august 1805,
second son to Divert Hendriche Heilmann and Michael Sars. He entered
school at age ten. Later he went on to the Katedral
school where his talent for science was recognised. By 1823 he reached
his school days he later wrote to his friend P. Chr Asbjørnsen; “Allerede
tidlig under min skole gang var en uimotstaaelig lyst til naturens stadium begyndt at
røre sig hos mig...”.
2.In Kristiania (Oslo) Sars entered a natural history
museum for the first time. Later he would make a large contribution to
the museum. Sars studied mineralogy under tutorial of Jens Esmark (b.
1762 d 1839) professor in geology. Both Esmark and
Sars made rich collections of fossils around Kristiania.
3. Michael was teacher, priest and zoologist. As a
zoologist Sars was initially unable to make an income. In 1828 he took an
exam in theology. With the death of his father he returned to
Bergen and survived by teaching at the schools in
Bergen. In this period his attention to sea life increased.