Fonds 1620 - David M. Nowlan fonds

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UTA 1620


David M. Nowlan fonds


  • 1963-1998 (Creation)

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2.7 m of textual records (11 boxes)

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Professor David M. Nowlan was a professor of economics and an administrator at the University of Toronto, 1964-1998. Most notably, Dr. Nowlan was University Vice-President of Research, 1981-1988.

David M. Nowlan was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1937. He graduated in engineering with a B.Sc. from Queen’s University, Kingston, in 1958. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes’ Scholar. Upon completing his B.A. at Oxford in 1960, Dr. Nowlan became an economist for the government of Canada. He later pursued graduate studies at the University of Toronto where he received an M.A. in 1963 and a Ph.D in 1965.

Dr. Nowlan was appointed Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the University of Toronto in 1965. He then became Associate Professor in 1970 and full Professor in 1979. In this capacity, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on environmental, public, regional, regulatory and urban economics. For his teaching, he received the Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts and Science, in 1998.

During his academic career, Professor Nowlan held numerous administrative positions at the University of Toronto. He was Director of the University of Toronto Tanzanian Project, 1968-1973, and Director of Graduate Studies in Economics, 1978. Further, between 1978 and 1981, he served as Vice Dean, School of Graduate Studies and, between 1981 and 1983, as Registrar. Professor Nowlan was also Vice-President Research from 1981 to 1988. Most recently, in 1994-1995, he served as Provostial Advisor on Environmental Education.

Professor Nowlan has also served on the following University committees and task forces: Urban Studies Committee, 1976-1978; Academic Affairs Committee of Governing Council, 1979; Programme Review Study Committee, 1981; Review Committee on the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 1981; President’s Advisory Committee on the Budget, 1981-1982; Budget Planning Committee, 1982-1985; Computer Services Review Committee, 1982-1983; Ad Hoc Supercomputer Advisory Group, 1983-1985; Library Automation Committee, 1985-1987; Member of the Task Force on the Electronic Library, 1994-1995; and the University Task Force on Academic Computing, 1994-1995.

In addition to his responsibilities at the University of Toronto, Professor Nowlan has also been a private consultant for various government and private organizations, most notably the Commonwealth Economic Mission to Uganda in 1979 and the Municipality of Toronto in 1995.

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This accession consists of the professional records of David M. Nowlan and documents his career as an economist, professor and administrator at the University of Toronto. Most of this accession pertains to Professor Nowlan’s various administrative, teaching and research activities, 1963-1998. Types of records include: professional correspondence, minutes, committee reports, consultants reports, research notes, and manuscripts. No personal or family records are contained herein.

The accession is arranged in the following five series:

Series 1: Professional Correspondence
Series 2: University of Toronto Administration
Series 3: Consulting
Series 4: Publications
Series 5: Addresses and Conferences

Series 1 consists of professional correspondence broadly documenting David Nowlan’s administrative, teaching, and publishing activities. Series 2 contains records pertaining to his various University of Toronto administrative positions such as Director of the Tanzanian Project, 1968-1973, and Vice President of Research, 1981-1988. Series 3 documents Professor Nowlan’s external consulting activities, notably his work on the 1979 Commonwealth Mission to Uganda and the 1995 Central Area Transportation Study. Series 4 contains records dealing with Professor Nowlan’s various publications. Series 5 documents presentations given and conferences attended by Dr. Nowlan.

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For records related to the administration of the Department of Economics, please see the following accessions from the University of Toronto Department of Political Economy: A1965-0065, A1969-0007, A1974-0004, A1976-0025, and A1979-0028.

For records related to the Office of the Vice-President Research and Planning, please see the following accessions: A1979-0025, A1980-0023, A1981-0038, A1982-0007 and A1983-0012.

For the personal records of other University of Toronto Vice-Presidents of Research, please see the records Gilbert de Beauregard Robinson in B1979-0047 and B1997-0003.

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