Dawson, George Mercer

DAWSON, George Mercer, geologist (b 1 Aug 1849, Pictou, NS; d 2 Mar 1901, Ottawa). Dawson was one of the leading Canadian geologists of his generation, and his field trips through BC made major contributions to our understanding of the geographic complexities of BC and to economic development in the province. As a youngster he was bedridden for several years with tuberculosis of the spine and was left with a permanent spinal deformity. Nonetheless, he was able to complete studies abroad at the...

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