John William Dawson

John William Dawson

Faith, Hope, and Science

eBook - 1996
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Drawing on Dawson's correspondence and personal papers, Susan Sheets-Pyenson paints an intimate portrait of a pivotal figure in Canada's scientific heritage and a proper Victorian gentleman whose pious Presbyterianism, missionary zeal, and unwavering belief in the light of knowledge drove him on a quest to conquer ignorance, prejudice, and bigotry.
Dawson was born and raised in Pictou, Nova Scotia, where the many sandstone and coal formations provided fertile ground for his first scientific explorations and eventually brought him into contact with the leading geological minds of his day, Charles Lyell and William Logan, and culminated in the publication of Acadian Geology. He became principal of McGill University in 1855 and over the next forty years worked unceasingly to transform McGill from a "tiny, poverty-stricken provincial school" into a scientific institution of the highest rank. He was the only person to hold the presidency of both the American and British associations for the advancement of science. Dawson's energetic promotion of scientific institutions in Canada remains one of his most enduring legacies, particularly his role in creating the Royal Society of Canada.
Publisher: Montreal, Quâe. : McGill-Queen's University Press, Ă1996
ISBN: 9780773565760
Characteristics: 1 online resource (274 pages, [13] pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits


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