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John Mighton

John Mighton, playwright, mathematician, educator (b at Hamilton, Ont 2 October 1957). John Mighton's first subject of academic study was philosophy. He earned a BA at the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO (1978) and a Masters in Philosophy at MCMASTER UNIVERSITY.

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Graham Westbrook Rowley

Graham Westbrook Rowley, CM, MBE, MA (Cantab) explorer, archaeologist, public servant, (b at Manchester, Eng 31 Oct 1912; d at Ottawa, 31 Dec 2003). As a young archaeologist he went to the Eastern Arctic with the British Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1936.

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William Donald Albright

Being keenly interested in the farming potential and promotion of the region, Albright immediately started conducting agricultural experiments on his own land and quickly established a contract to work part time for the CENTRAL EXPERIMENTAL FARM in Ottawa.

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Grant Allen

Grant (Charles Grant Blairfindie) Allen, writer, historian, scientist (b at Alwington, Ont 24 Feb 1848; d at London, Eng 28 Oct 1899). He spent most of his youth in Canada, and completed his formal education in France and England, where he graduated from Merton College, Oxford, in 1871.

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Anthony Henday

Henday, Anthony, explorer (probably b on the Isle of Wight, Eng; fl 1750-62). Henday travelled farther into western Canada than any white person had before him, and his journal contains important glimpses of how the indigenous population lived at that time.

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Lawrence Eldred Kirk

Lawrence Eldred Kirk, agriculturist (b at Bracebridge, Ont 27 May 1886; d at Saskatoon 27 Nov 1969). Kirk's most significant contribution was the breeding and introduction in 1932 of Fairway, the first variety of crested wheat grass, to the great plains of Canada.

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Allan Roy Dafoe

Allan Roy Dafoe, physician (b at Madoc, Ont 29 May 1883; d at North Bay, Ont 2 June 1943). A shy recluse with an indifferent academic record, he achieved worldwide fame for his successful delivery on 28 May 1934 of the Dionne Quintuplets.

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John Hamm

John Frederick Hamm, premier of Nova Scotia 1999-2006, physician, politician, (born 8 April 1938 in New Glasgow, NS). After a career as a family physician, Hamm moved into provincial politics in 1993 and became premier in 1999 — the first premier in 40 years to balance the province’s budget.

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Francis Bain

Francis Bain, geologist, ornithologist, botanist, author, artist (b at Charlottetown 25 Feb 1842; d at York Point, PEI 23 Nov 1894). Bain, a self-educated farmer, was an authority on Prince Edward Island rocks, FOSSILS and natural history.

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Robert Piché

Robert Piché, civil aviation pilot (b at Mont-Joli 5 Nov 1952). The career of Captain Robert Piché has certainly not been a long smooth flight; the pilot was trained "the hard way" and in often extreme conditions.

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Loring Woart Bailey

Loring Woart Bailey, geologist, educator (b at West Point, NY 28 Sept 1839; d at Fredericton 10 Jan 1925). Son of a professor at the US Military Academy, Bailey was educated at Harvard and Brown and knew many important scientists.

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Eugène Bourgeau

Eugène Bourgeau, botanical collector (b at Brizon, France 20 Apr 1813; d at Paris, France Feb 1877). His interest in plants began early and as a young man he attracted the interest of the director of the Botanical Gardens at Lyons, where he learned the rudiments of botany.

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Andrew Twa

Andrew (John) Twa. Composer, violist, accountant, b Ellisboro, Sask, 13 Dec 1919, d Toronto, 16 April 2009. He studied viola with Richard Ainsworth in Brandon, Man.

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Francis Shanly

Francis Shanly (Frank), engineer, railway builder (b at Stradbally, Ire 29 Oct 1820; d near Brockville, Ont 13 Sept 1882). Encouraged by H.H. KILLALY, he followed his brother Walter SHANLY into railway building. Both were employed on the Ogdensburg and Lk Champlain Railroad.

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Peter John Wangersky

Peter John Wangersky, oceanographer (b at Woonsocket, RI 26 Aug 1927; naturalized Canadian 1975; d at Victoria, BC on 11 Jan 2007). Substantial contributions to OCEANOGRAPHY in Canada have come from Wangersky's research and teaching in chemical and biological oceanography.