John William Dawson: Faith, Hope and Science
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1996 - 274 páginas
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.
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Dawson and the Light of Knowledge
Nova Scotia Roots
So Many Opportunities of doing good
A Real Horse Race
Good results in store
Stand by and grumble
None knew him but to love him
One of the deepest mortif1cations of my scientif1c life
A quiet middle course
Nova Scotia Revisited
Mighty trees from small saplings grow
Putting Montreal on the Scientific Map
Toward International Science
No More Toil
A Mission of Popularization
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AAAS Acadian Geology Advancement of Science Agassiz American Anna to George April Archaia Asa Gray Autobiography Bakerian lecture Bigsby to JWD British Association Canadian Naturalist Carboniferous chair chapter Charles Lyell coal collections committee Darwin Dawson papers Dawson to JWD Devonian early Edinburgh edition Eozoon especially father Fifty flora fossil G.M. Dawson Geological Society Geological Survey geologists George Mercer Dawson Harrington Henry Hooker Huxley John William Dawson Journal JWD to Lyell JWD to Margaret Lorne Lyell to JWD March McCord Museum McCosh McCulloch McGill University meeting Molson Museum of Canadian Natural History Society NHSM Nova Scotia O'Brien paleontologist Peter Redpath Peter Redpath Museum Pictou Academy professor professorship Protestant province publication published Quebec Rankine Dawson Redpath Museum Royal Society scientif1c scientific scientists Scottish Sept Sir William Dawson Society of Montreal society's specimens Survey of Canada tion tojwo Toronto William Logan