No Ordinary Man: George Mercer Dawson
George Mercer Dawson was indeed no ordinary man. Born in 1849, son of the first Principal of McGill University, Dawson defied health circumstances that would have defeated many people and went on to become one of our most exceptional Canadians.
As a geologist in the British North American Boundary Commission between Canada and the U.S.A. and as Director of the Geological Survey of Canada in 1895, Dawson examined and explored every aspect of Canada's unknown territories.
This collection of writings, letters, diaries and essays begins with the young George and moves through his developing years to his adult life.
"He climbed, walked and rode on horseback over more of Canada than any other member of the Geological Survey of Canada at that time -- yet to look at him, one would not think him capable of a day's hard physical labour .... It was his hand that first traced upon vacant maps the geological formations of the Yukon and much of British Columbia."
"To read about him is like taking a drink of water from a cool, unpolluted spring. His sense of values was so great that he once said he didn't care much for money or possessions. All he wanted was what he could hold in his canoe."
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Life and Exploration on the Western Frontier
Dawson and the Yukon
Glimpses at Georges Personal Life
An Enduring Friend
A Loyal Son and Sibling
The Bering Sea Commission
A WideRanging Mind
A Voyage by Sail to Great Britain
First Year at the Royal School of Mines London 186970
Summer 1870 with Parents in Scotland
Second Year at the Royal School of Mines 187071
A Summer of Field Work in the English Lake District
Third Year at the Royal School of Mines 187172
GeologistNaturalist on the British North American Boundary Commission
Enduring Achievements with the Geological Survey of Canada
Selected Poems of George Mercer Dawson
Science and Exploration in Canada
The Lasting Legacy of George Mercer Dawson
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