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Hardolph Wasteneys, biochemist and university professor, was born in Richmond, England, in April 1881. He received his PhD in biochemistry (1916) from Columbia University in New York City. Before he was hired as a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto in 1918, he held various positions including Assistant Government Chemist in Queensland, Australia (1900-03), Chemist and Biologist, Board of Waterworks, Brisbane, Australia (1903-09), Assistant, Rockefeller Institute (1910-13), Associate, Rockfeller Institute (1913-1916), and Assistant Professor, Pharmacology, University of California (1916-18). Wasteneys was Head of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto between 1928 and 1951.
From 1918 until his death, Wasteneys lived in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood and kept a country house, Headon, in West Hill, Ontario. He was extremely active in Toronto community organizations. Positions he held include: Chairman, Central Committee on Education and Recreation for Unemployed (1929-34); Chairman, Community Gardens Association (1932-43); and Chairman, Board of Directors, University Settlement (1938-53).
Hardolph Wasteneys was married to Clare Miller. They had four children: Hardolph, Geoffrey, Hortense, and Gervase. He died at Toronto on 1 February 1965.