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Abel, Albert Salisbury

Albert S. Abel was born in Iowa and studied at Harvard University. He was professor of law at the University of West Virginia before coming to the University of Toronto in 1955. He was known as a specialist in constitutional law and on environmental issues such as pollution. He died May 6, 1978

Abols, Gesta Janie "Gus"

  • Person

President, Students' Administrative Council, University of Toronto, 1969-1970.

Acland, James Headly

James Acland was professor of architecture in the University of Toronto School of Architecture from 1958 until his death in 1976. His main research and teaching interest was in historical architecture of the medieval period.

James Acland was born in Toronto in 1917. After attending Ecoles des Beaux Arts and McGill University in Montreal, he graduated from Syracuse University New York with a B.A. in Architecture in 1942. During World War II, he worked on factory designs and from 1942-1945 was with Canadian Army Photo Intelligence. After obtaining an M.A. in Philosophy from Harvard University in 1952, he returned to the study and teaching of architecture and held positions at the University of Utah and the University of British Columbia. In 1956, he returned to his hometown to become associate professor and later professor at the University of Toronto’s, School of Architecture.

Both his research and teaching focused on the history of architecture. Much of his research related to land use and how it affects architecture, the development of complex towns in the medieval period and early European building traditions. His study in these areas resulted in several articles and culminated in his book Medieval Structure: The Gothic Vault, University of Toronto Press, 1972. The subjects he taught related directly to his interest on the history of architecture and included courses such as the History of Medieval Architecture, Renaissance Architecture, European Tradition of Framed Building, Mediterranean Tradition of Mass and Shell Building, Medieval Structures, to list a few.

Starting in 1962, Acland popularized his ideas on the history of architecture by appearing in two CBC television series Man in a Landscape and Wall and Window. In these shows, and many to follow, he was the speaker, actively developed the script and provided photographs, and drawings. Through the 1960s, he continued to be involved in television programming and educational films.

Acland’s interest in the history of architecture led him to become an advocate of architectural and heritage conservation. In the 1960s, he was active in the Stop the Spadina Committee and, as chair of the Friends of Old City Hall, he was instrumental in saving Toronto’s Old City Hall (now the City Court House) from demolition. From 1969-1971, he was president of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and organized a computer inventory of historic buildings through the National Historic Sites Service. Many of his articles related to his conservation work. His work with Eric Arthur on maritime architecture most certainly did – Building by the Sea, University of Toronto Press, 1962. James Acland died on June 22, 1976. He was still teaching in the School of Architecture and was writing a history of house and street.

Acres, Henry G.

  • Person

Student in mechanical and electrical engineering at the Ontario School of Practical Science from 1900-1903.

Aird, John Black

  • Person

Chancellor of the University of Toronto.

Aitken, William Ewart Maurice

  • Person

William Ewart Maurice Aitken, B.A. (University College, 1908), M.A., 1909, was head of the department of English at Western Branch Technical School, Toronto, from 1928 to 1931, when he resigned to take up an appointment at the Normal School in the city.

Allemang, Margaret May

Margaret May Allemang and her twin brother, William Herbert, were born in Toronto on 19 July 1914. She had a twin brother, William Herbert, and later another brother, Robert Milner; all three eventually graduated from the University of Toronto. She grew up in the family residence at 320 Willard Avenue and, as a child, developed chronic osteomyelitis, resulting in frequent stays in hospital and the delaying of her high school graduation from Humberside Collegiate. In 1937, the year after William received his Bachelor of Commerce, she entered the University of Toronto, graduating with a Diploma in Public Health Nursing (Parts I and II) in 1940. Her 1956 master’s thesis from the University of Washington in Seattle was on “factors affecting the sleep of patients”; it was one of the earliest dissertations in clinical nursing. Her doctorate, from the University of Washington, was not completed until 1974. She had to fit it in with her teaching duties and her thesis committee rejected her initial proposal to construct a theory of nursing based on an existentialist approach to man (derived from her own experience of how a medical crisis like hers could be transformative). Also, according to her nephew John Allemang, she was “a great procrastinator” [1]. The topic that was finally approved (in 1968) was the development of nursing education in the United States and Canada from 1873 to 1950. It was the first study ever published on Canadian nursing history.

Professor Allemang was an ‘inveterate deep thinker’ and, ‘one of the new breed of nurses who emerged from an academic program instead of from an in-hospital apprenticeship, was a pioneer in applying research methodology to traditional nursing' [2]. Margaret’s first employment was as an assistant head nurse on a cancer unit at Toronto General Hospital, at $80 a month, a position that lasted until 1942 when she joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Flying Officer/Nursing Sister [3]. She never went overseas and was discharged on 10 December 1945. Then, over the next three years, she entered a whirlwind of academic studies at the University of Toronto. In 1946-1947, she took a supplemental year in nursing, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1947 (she was one of two students to receive first class honours). In the fall of 1947 she registered as an occasional student in the general course in nursing education, combining this with a pass Bachelor of Arts programme (English Literature, History, and Psychology). She received a Certificate of Nursing Education in 1948 and her BA at the autumn convocation in 1949.

In 1949 she obtained employment as a Nursing Arts instructor at the Belleville General Hospital School of Nursing and travelled to Kingston each week to teach ‘Trends and Issues in Nursing’ at Queen’s University. In the fall of 1950, she returned to the University of Toronto as a lecturer in the School of Nursing. After she had obtained her Master’s degree, the School asked her to design and conduct a research project in conjunction with Toronto Western Hospital. The experiences of eight cardiac patients during a period of hospitalization in a General Hospital, which appeared in 1960, was the first patient care study of its kind conducted in Canada [4]. Allemang was promoted to assistant professor in 1959, then returned to the University of Washington to further her education. She enrolled in the Department of Education as there was no doctoral program in nursing. In 1964 she received an appointment as a pre-doctoral teaching associate II in the School of Nursing. But by March of 1965 she was expressing reservations: “I am most concerned about not fulfilling the requirements of Education 600 – as I perceive them – this quarter…I feel as a matter of intellectual and personal integrity I cannot register for any more credit hours unless I can make more progress toward my academic goals” [5]

Professor Allemang returned to her teaching duties at the University of Toronto in the fall of 1965; the School, in preparing for a graduate program, needed staff with experience in nursing research. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1966 and continued to broaden the purview of contemporary clinical research. In 1967 she initiated a three-year study at Sunnybrook Hospital to try out a new type of organization and system for the provision of nursing care, with an emphasis on nursing performance and patient well-being. Her report appeared in 1971 [6]. In 1968, she was a member of a subcommittee of the Ontario Council of Health, chaired by Harding le Riche; it recommended a permanent committee on research in nursing be established. She retired on 1 January 1982 but from 1982-1984 continued to be jointly responsible for the core seminars in the graduate program.

One of the developments arising from Professor Allemang’s research for her doctoral thesis was making contact with a group of history-making women in the Nursing Sisters Association of Canada, where she discovered dozens of women who had been principal actors in the drama of war. In 1977 she began interviewing them and transcribing their interviews. By the early 1990s, she had completed or directed interviews with 26 World War I and 17 World War II nursing sisters, though she did not consider the project finished [7]. She also became very active in the Canadian Nursing Sisters Association, Toronto Unit, serving variously as president, vice-president and treasurer, and chair of its committee on archives.

Professor Allemang played an active role in the numerous professional associations to which she belonged and continued long after her retirement. For example, she sat on the advisory council of the Canadian Nurses Association from 1985 to 1992 (the CNA had a number of umbrella groups, including the Canadian Nursing Research Group, in which she was also active), and, beginning in 1986, attended many of the early conferences of the American Association for the History of Nursing. In the early 1980s, she initiated a series of meetings at her residence on Willard Avenue with a group interested in nursing history that included her colleague Judith Young from the University of Toronto and Kathryn McPherson from York University. The result was the Ontario Society for the History of Nursing, which Professor Allemang co-founded with Professor Young in 1986. In 1994, the Society incorporated as the Margaret M. Allemang Centre for the History of Nursing, in her honour. Also in 1986, Professor Allemang was the co-founder, with Professor Barbara Keddy of Dalhousie University, of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing/Association Canadienne pour l’Histoire du Nursing (CAHN/ACHN). She was the convener of the organization’s first two conferences and also served as honorary president.

The range of her activities in ‘retirement’ is shown by the following documented activities in the early 1990s. In 1990 and 1991 she acted as a consultant and adviser to the Canadian Association for University Schools of Nursing and the Canadian Nursing Research Group. In 1991 and 1992 she acted as a consultant to a research project, “Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing: Origins and development of a female nursing organization.” At the same time her expertise was sought for the introductory bibliography of a course at the University of Alberta, ‘Nursing 684: History and politics of nursing’. In 1993 Barbara Sibbald asked her for advice on an article on the current threat to self regulation that she was penning for CAN Today. One of her last major projects was her participation in the Ontario Society for the History of Nursing’s nursing archives survey (1992-1993) which resulted in A Directory of Nursing Archival Material in Ontario (1994). In 1997 she was honoured with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario Honorary Life Membership.

On a more personal note, Professor Allemang was, for a few years from the late 1990s, active in the Elderhostel program in Ontario. She was very hospitable and through her church, St. John Evangelical Lutheran (on the board of which she served) she assisted, over many years, new arrivals from other countries, especially Ethiopia, the Crimea and Iran. Often they became her tenants and she assisted them financially as well. In old age, a term she hated, Professor Allemang continued to live in her home, refusing to move to ‘easier’ surroundings. On the morning of 14 April 2005, a former tenant dropped by and exclaimed, “Margaret, you don’t look at all well”. She was “propped against the kitchen table, her eyes wide open and resisting the summons of Death… Stubborn to the last, Margaret Allemang died standing up” [8].


  1. Obituary, Globe & Mail, 2005-07-25, S9
  2. Obituary, Globe & Mail, 2005-07-25, S9
  3. Margaret May Allemang, AAHNB, 8
  4. Margaret May Allemang, AAHNB, 8
  5. U of T Archives, B2006-0016/002(xx), Margaret Allemang to Gordon Lee, Dean, College of Education, University of Washington, 17 March 1965.
  6. President’s Report, 1967-1968, 73, 1969-1970, 75; 1969-1970, 48; ‘Report of a project to implement, assess and refine a decentralized system to facilitate patient-centred care’, University of Toronto School of Nursing, May 1971
  7. Margaret May Allemang, AAHNB, 8
  8. John Allemang, ‘You don’t need to worry about me’, Globe & Mail, 2005-05-14, F6

Allen, Kenneth William

  • Person
  • 1923-1997

Kenneth William Allen, nuclear physicist: born London 17 November 1923; member, Physics Division, Atomic Energy of Canada, Chalk River 1947-51; Leverhulme Research Fellow and Lecturer, Liverpool University 1951-54; Deputy Chief Scientist, UKAEA 1954-63; Professor of Nuclear Structure, Oxford University 1963-91 (Emeritus), Head of Department of Nuclear Physics 1976-79, 1982-85; Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford 1963-92 (Emeritus), Estates Bursar 1980-83, 1991-93; married 1947 Josephine Boreham (two sons); died Oxford 2 May 1997.

Amrhein, Carl G.

  • Person

Prof. Amrhein was professor of Geography (1986-2003) and Chair of the Department at the University of Toronto (1993-1997). In 2003 he was appointed Provost and VP (Academic) at the University of Alberta.

Anderson, James E.

James Edward (Jim) Anderson was born in Perth, Ontario on 23 February 1926. Following service in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II, he entered medicine at the University of Toronto, graduating with an MD in 1953. Through his training in anatomy he came to know J. C. B. Grant who was a physical anthropologist in all but name, and who passed on to Anderson his fascination with morphological variation, growth and development of the human body, along with a love of teaching.

Following his internship, Anderson was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy in 1956, but also taught a course in human osteology for pre-med students and became involved in archaeological digs in Ontario. This led to his appointment in 1958 as an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, where he taught a variety of graduate half courses while maintaining his full teaching duties in Anatomy. He established an osteology lab, where both old and recent skeletal collections were gathered for study. These included items from the Montgomery and Boyle Osteology Collection from the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Fairty, Serpent Mounds, and Bennett sites in Ontario. He was promoted to full professor in 1961.

Through these collections, Professor Anderson “began to build the framework of osteological analysis for which he is best known – the use of discrete traits along with metric data to characterize and compare skeletal populations.” His emphasis of discrete traits was detailed in a number of early papers, including “The development of the tympanic plate” (1962), “Osteology of the Donaldson site” (1963), and “The people of Fairty: an osteological analysis of an Iroquois ossuary” (1964). He also sought, during the 1960s, to rectify a lack of published data on Iroquois morphology and pathology, by investigating and writing about skeletal material in the Bennett site, the Dawson site, and the Serpent Mounds burials. Anderson also ranged outside of Ontario in his research, to the Tehuacan valley in Mexico, Nubia, and Newfoundland.

At the same time Professor Anderson began training human osteologists and physical anthropologists at the University of Toronto and, from 1963 to 1966, at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where he assembled a large number of his graduate students. In 1966 he returned to the University of Toronto to organize and direct its PhD program in physical anthropology, bringing many of his students with him. In 1967 he took on the additional responsibility of organizing and directing the Department of Anatomy in the new Faculty of Medicine at McMaster University. In 1969 he moved to Hamilton to devote all his time to the new department and its students.

Professor Anderson was also interested in other fields of research, including the non-medical use of drugs and alternative secondary school education. In 1971, he founded in Hamilton the Cool School for students who had been involved with drugs and could not cope in the conventional school system. He wrote about his work in "Cool School: an alternative secondary school experience" (1977) and in “Life history grid for adolescents” (1980). For many years he was involved with Boy Scouts of Canada.

Professor Anderson took early retirement in 1985 because of ill health and died on 4 February 1995 in Hamilton, Ontario.

Andrews, Howard Frederick

Howard Frederick Andrews (born March 28, 1944; died October 23, 1988) was born and raised in London, England. In 1965 he graduated with an honours Bachelor of Arts in geography from the Faculty of Arts, London School of Economics and Political Science. The following year he received a Master of Science from the same institution. His D. Phil. Degree was awarded by the School of Social Sciences at the University of Sussex for his thesis entitled “Consumer behavior and the tertiary activity system”.

He was first appointed to the University of Toronto in 1969 as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Geography. In 1970 he was appointed Assistant Professor and by 1974 he had been promoted to the rank of full professor in the Department of Geography. Throughout his career with the University, he was based at Erindale College (now the University of Toronto at Mississauga). Although his academic career spanned a relatively short period of time, Prof. Andrews published extensively in the area of urban geography. He received numerous grants and fellowships from such bodies as SSHRCC, Hospital for Sick Children and government ministries. His areas of research included urban structure, retail structure and marketing, labour-force participation of married women, environmental design and cooperative housing, images of cities and the spirit of place, contemporary social theory and geography, to name just a few.

In addition to his academic duties, Prof. Andrews took on numerous administrative appointments during his years at Erindale College. These included Associate Chairman, Department of Geography (1974-1975), Associate Dean (Social Sciences) (1975-1980), Vice-principal (Academic), Director, Child in the City Programme (1980-1983) and Director, Centre for Urban and Community Studies (1988). Also during the period 1975-1980, he participated in a number of University committees. He was a member of the Planning and Resources Committee of Governing Council (1976-1978), and later, member and Chairman of the Planning and Priorities Subcommittee (1976-1978). He also participated in the Working Group on Connaught Development Grants as both member and later Chair (1980-1983), and was a member of Academic Board and Budget Committee at the time of his death.

Armatage, Kay

Professor Kay Armatage is jointly appointed to the Institute of Women’s Studies and Gender Studies and Innis College Cinema Studies. She is seen as a key founder in both disciplines. In 1971, while still a graduate student in the Department of English, she was part of collective that organized and taught the first inter-disciplinary course in Women Studies - FSW 200: Women in Society. By 1974, she had her Ph.D. in English at the same time the University began offering a minor in Women Studies. As a Lecturer, Prof. Armatage helped develop and co- taught NEW 260 : Introduction to Women’s Studies, along with colleagues Sylvia Van Kirk and Kathryn Morgan. Around the same time, the study of cinema was developing and Prof. Armatage, along with colleagues Joe Medjuck and Bart Testa, developed INI/NEW 212, Introduction to Cinema Studies. Throughout her career, Prof. Armatage has continued to develop and teach over a dozen new courses in both disciplines, often combining the two, such as in Women’s Film and Literature, Women’s Cinema and Women and Representation.

Her academic writing, again, reflects both her interest in film and feminism. Her book, The Girl from God’s Country: Nell Shipman and the Silent Cinema, celebrates an early Canadian actor and director. In 1999 she co-edited Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women’s Cinema. She has published extensively in refereed journals, contributed articles to books and given over fifty lectures on her areas of interest which include women filmmakers, feminist theory and Canadian cinema.

Along with her academic work, Prof. Armatage has undertaken activities in a more public forum. Between 1975 and 1987, she produced seven experimental narrative and documentary films. Her last film on artist Joyce Wieland, Artist on Fire (1987) earned her a Gemini nomination for Best Television Documentary. From 1983-2004, she was one of the senior international programmers of the Toronto International Film Festival. It was due in part to these endeavours that she was seen as having made a major contribution to the study of women and film. For all of her work, she has been recognized with several awards including YWCA Woman of Distinction 1989 and Toronto Women in Film in Video Special Award for Contribution to Women’s Film Culture 1988. She has also been awarded several research and arts grants throughout her career including a Canada Council Senior Artist’s Grant (1992) and a SSHRC research grant (1995).

Armstrong, Harold Grover

  • Person

Harold Grover Armstrong was a medical student at the University of Toronto (1915-1920) and later a surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital and an associate in surgery at the University of Toronto.

Art Museum at the University of Toronto

  • Corporate body
  • 2016-

Comprised of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre, which are located just a few steps apart, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto is one of the largest gallery spaces for visual art exhibitions and programming in Toronto. Building on the two galleries’ distinguished histories, the Art Museum organizes and presents a year-round program of in-house and off-site exhibitions, as well as intensive curricular engagement and educational events. - from

Arts and Science Students' Union

  • Corporate body
  • 1972-

The Arts and Science Students’ Union (ASSU) is an organization representing full-time undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus. The core functions of ASSU as an umbrella organization for over 60 course unions are performed by full-time staff and seven executive members. Executives are elected by members of the Council, the governing, legislative body of ASSU that is made up of representatives from each course union. The course unions in turn directly represent students in the various departments and programs within the Faculty of Arts and Science.

ASSU traces its history back to the 1960s with the formation of student-led course unions. Their major aims were to improve the educational experience of undergraduates, and to advocate for increased student involvement in decisions made about faculty promotion and tenure, as well as curriculum and program content. The earliest course unions were funded through the Students’ Administrative Council’s (SAC) Education Commission. In 1972, the Arts and Science Students’ Union was formed to act as the intermediary between SAC and the course unions, and has been independently funded through a direct undergraduate fee levy since 1975.

Aside from providing funding for course unions and the production of the annual Anti-Calendar, ASSU has provided a variety of services to students, including advising on academic grievances, administering scholarships and bursaries, and offering a past test library. It has also engaged with other student groups, community members and university administration and faculty to organize events and to advocate for changes in policies and programs.

Ashley, William James

  • Person

Professor of political science in the Dept. of Political Economy, University of Toronto.

Baer, Erich Eugen Ferdinand Theodor

  • Person

Professor of fat chemistry at the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research and head of the sub-department of synthetic chemistry.

Bailey Family

  • Family

Lloyd Bailey was professor of plant biology in the Department of Botany from 1928 to 1964, when he retired as professor emeritus. His daughter, Nancy Bailey (born 5 April, 1935), received a BA from the University of Toronto in 1957 in English language and literature.

Baillie, William H. T.

  • Person
  • 1888-1967

Born 11 August, 1888 in Toronto. BA 1911 (biological and physical sciences), MA, 1912 (biology); MB, 1915. Lecturer in biology, 1912-1915; served in World War I; lecturer in biology (1919-1924), assistant professor (1924-1928), associate professor (1928-1945), professor of mammalian anatomy (1945-1953), professor emeritus, Department of Zoology. Instructed medical students in zoology for 35 years. Died 19 November, 1967.

Bain, James

Born London, England, 2 August, 1842. Educated in Toronto. Buyer for James Campbell & Sons and established branch of their firm in London, England, 1874. Partner in Nimmo and Bain, Publishers in London, 1878-1880. Appointed chief librarian, Toronto Public Library, 1882. Died of cancer in Toronto, 22 May, 1908. Received honorary degree (D.C.L.) from U of T, 1902.

Bain, James W.

  • Person

Student at the School of Practical Science, University of Toronto.

Baker, Erwin

  • Person

Student at Trinity Medical College. Practiced medicine for many years at Franklin, Manitoba.

Baker, Frederick William

  • Person
  • 1932-

Frederick William Baker was born on January 31, 1932 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and as a youth, attended schools in Prince Albert as well as Victoria, British Columbia. Following graduation from high school he attended the University of Saskatchewan where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a certificate in Medicine by 1954. He received his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1956.

Following his graduation from the University of Alberta he specialized in paediatrics at Winnipeg Children’s Hospital (1958-1960), the Medical Arts Clinic in Regina (1960-1961) and the Montreal Children’s Hospital (1961-1962). He received a Certificate in Paediatrics from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1962.

Dr. Baker’s career has involved both professional practice and academic and administrative experience. He obtained his first academic appointment in the mid 1960s when he accepted a clinical teaching appointment in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan (1963-1968). In the late 1960s and early 1970s he was both a faculty member in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, Université de Sherbrooke, as well as a senior administrator at Cecil Butters Memorial Hospital (Austen, Quebec). At the Sherbrooke General Hospital he helped establish the paediatric department in the new medical school, becoming Chief of Paediatrics. From 1974 to 1987 he was on the faculty of the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), serving in a number of administrative capacities. At the Regina campus he served as member of a number of committees relating to Education, Research and Finance, and helped to up-grade the paediatric training programs and develop specialty clinics.

This combination of practical, administrative and academic experience prepared him well for the ten years he would spend in Toronto, as Medical Director, Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto, as Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Department of Paediatrics) and as Director of the Sioux Lookout Program. This latter program was established to provide medical and ancillary staff for the provision of care to Aboriginal people in the Sioux Lookout Zone of northwestern Ontario.

Throughout his career, Dr. Baker was also active in the Canadian Paediatric Society, serving as a member, President (1984-1985) and then as Chair of the Indian and Inuit Health Committee(1992-1997). He also served on committees of various organizations in Saskatchewan such as the Saskatoon Track and Field Club, Saskatchewan Council on Children and Youth, Advisory Committee on Child Safety for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. In Ontario he was a member and then Chair of the Northern Ontario Committee (NOC) of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM) (1989-1996).

Dr. Baker retired from the University of Toronto as Professor Emeritus in 1997. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Baker, Milton

  • Person

Student at Trinity Medical College. Died sometime before 1914; in 1910 he was practising at Springfield, Ontario.

Banting Research Foundation

  • Corporate body
  • 1925-

The Banting Research Foundation was created in 1925 to commemorate the discovery of insulin and to support further medical research by Banting and other scientists in Canada, in the hopes of finding additional medical discoveries of equal importance. A fundraising campaign in 1925, led by Sir William Mulock, Chancellor of the University of Toronto, raised $500,000 from individual and corporate donors to establish an endowment.[1] A large bequest in 1948 from the estate of Kate E Taylor of Toronto added to the endowment.[2] From its inception, the intent was to create a fund for researchers with "good ideas but no money",[3] as was the situation for Banting when he approached JJR Macleod in 1921 with a request for facilities and resources to pursue his ideas about insulin.

Barbeau, Edward Joseph

Edward Barbeau was born in Toronto in 1938 and received his Bachelor of Arts (1960) and Master of Arts (1961) from the University of Toronto. While taking his masters’ degree, he was a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics. In 1961 he left for the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England where he studied under F.F. Bonsall. He held a position as temporary lecturer there in 1963-1964 and received his PhD in the latter year. His thesis topic was on functional analysis. From 1964-1966 he was assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario, and then a NATO research fellow at Yale for one year. In 1967 he accepted an appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto. He was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and full professor in 1988. In 2003 he was appointed professor emeritus.

Professor Barbeau’s principal research areas are functional analysis, optimization under constraint, history of analysis, and number theory. His teaching at the undergraduate level, has included courses in the history of mathematical analysis, a general interest course in mathematics for students in other disciplines, a course on chaos and dynamical systems, a course on Pell’s equation, and a course in mathematics for intending elementary teachers. Graduate courses have included functional analysis, Fourier series, and a shared course on problem solving for a Masters of Science in Teaching program.

He has been especially active in mathematics education and “has published a number of books directed to students of mathematics and their teachers, including Polynomials..., Power Play..., Fallacies, flaws and flimflam... and After Math..., has frequently given talks and workshops at professional meetings and in schools, has worked with high school students preparing for Olympiad competitions and has on five occasions accompanied the Canadian team to the International Mathematical Olympiad.”1 In addition to his books, Professor Barbeau has written about fifty papers on mathematics research and mathematics education.

Professor Barbeau holds life membership in the Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Society, and the Canadian Mathematical Society (where he chaired its education committee, served on its Olympiads committee, and chaired the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad). He is also a member of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics (president 1983-1985), and the International Commission of Mathematics Instruction (co-chair of ICMI Study 16 and its conference in Trondheim, 2006). He has also made presentations at many colloquia and meetings of these organizations and the International Congress on Mathematics Education. He is currently (2006) associate editor of the ‘Fallacies, flaws and flimflam column in the College Mathematics Journal and education editor for Notes of the Canadian Mathematical Society.

Other professional activities have included being a member of the People-to-People Mathematics Education delegation of North Americans to China (1983), and of the council of the Royal Canadian Institute, where he delivered a three-part radio talk in 1982; and chairing the external review panel for the Department of Mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier University (1999). He has also co-chaired the committee to review the constitution and by-laws of the University of Toronto Faculty Association (2002), and sat on the panel for the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board to examine the proposal for a BSc degree at the new University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2002). Since 2004 he has been a member of the executive committee of Retired Academics and Librarians at the University of Toronto (RALUT). From 1988 to 1990 he appeared frequently on Quirks and Quarks, the CBC radio program, and since 2001 has authored a regular mathematics problem in the CAUT Bulletin.

Professor Barbeau’s honours include fellow of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 1989; David Hilbert Award for contributions to mathematics education, from the World Foundation of National Mathematics Competitions (1991), and the Adrien Pouliot Award from the Canadian Mathematical Society (1995).

He continues to reside and work in Toronto.

Barber, William

  • Person

Graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1905.

Barker, Gwendolyn

  • Person

Faculty of Arts student at Victoria College.

Barnett, Mary

  • Person

Mary Barnett was employed in the Library until her retirement in 1983.

Barnstead, Winifred Glen

  • Person

Professor of Library Science. First Director of the Library School at the Ontario College of Education, University of Toronto.

Barron, James

  • Person
  • 1913-

James Barron received his Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Toronto in 1938. He went on to work for the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Barrow, Barbara

  • Person

Barbara Barrow was the school nurse for Upper Canada College from 1938-1980.

Bates, Gordon Anderson

  • Person
  • 1885-1975

Student in the Faculty of Medicine. Born in Burlington, Ontario, 1885; died at Toronto, 7 November, 1975, aged 89. Gordon Bates was on the Executive of the University Student Parliament, 1905- 06, and was a representative of U of T Medical Society. He was a founder of the Health League of Canada.

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