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 George Mercer Dawson

George Mercer Dawson

Birth
Pictou, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death 2 Mar 1901 (aged 51)
Ottawa, Ottawa Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial Outremont, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada
Memorial ID 14199303 · View Source
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Scientist, Ethnographer and Surveyor. He is considered one of Canada's greatest scientists. At age 12, he was inflicted with tuberculosis of the spine. He studied geology and palentology and graduated the highest in his class from Queens University in 1890 with an LL.D,a doctorate level academic law degree. He surveyed the international boundry of western Canada from 1872 to 1876. Beginning in 1883, he was working for the Canadian government to map out the Canadian Rockies. This reulted in him discovering some unknown peaks and by 1886, his research and map of the rockies was published. He led an expedition in 1887 to the Yukon region and he drew the first maps of this area. By 1895, he was the director of the geological survey of Canada. Dawson City is a town in the Yukon Territory which is named after him. Dawson Creek in Bitish Columbia is also named in his honor.

Bio by: Tom Denardo


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  • Originally Created by: Tom Denardo
  • Added: 7 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14199303
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Mercer Dawson (1 Aug 1849–2 Mar 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14199303, citing Cimetière Mont-Royal, Outremont, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .