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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Frederick Goodeve (1904-1980)


Born at Neepawa on 21 February 1904, son of Anglican cleric Frederick William Goodeve (1870-1957) and Emma Havd (1869-1940), he attended Laura Secord School, Kelvin High School, University of Manitoba (1925), and University College, London. In 1940 he developed a method of rendering ships immune to magnetic mines, and as commander of a Royal Navy research unit he made other technological breakthroughs. He headed the British Iron and Steel Research Association from 1945 to 1969. Goodeve worked to promote Anglo-Canadian scientific cooperation. In 1946, he was knighted, and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba. He died at London, England in April 1980.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. Charles F. Goodeve awarded knighthood,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

“Secord School to celebrate golden year,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1962, page 14.

“Sir Charles Goodeve,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1980, page 6.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 March 2020

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