The Resource John William Dawson : faith, hope, and science, Susan Sheets-Pyenson

John William Dawson : faith, hope, and science, Susan Sheets-Pyenson

Label
John William Dawson : faith, hope, and science
Title
John William Dawson
Title remainder
faith, hope, and science
Statement of responsibility
Susan Sheets-Pyenson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
CaOONL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sheets-Pyenson, Susan
Dewey number
378.714/28
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dawson, John William
  • McGill University
  • College presidents
  • Geologists
  • Scientists
  • Educators
Label
John William Dawson : faith, hope, and science, Susan Sheets-Pyenson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
274 p., [13] p. of plates
Isbn
9780773513686
Other physical details
ill., ports.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u1149392-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJU-2103
  • (OCoLC)34591936
Label
John William Dawson : faith, hope, and science, Susan Sheets-Pyenson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
274 p., [13] p. of plates
Isbn
9780773513686
Other physical details
ill., ports.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u1149392-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJU-2103
  • (OCoLC)34591936

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