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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Frederick Goodeve (1904-1980)


Born at Neepawa on 21 February 1904, son of cleric F. W. Goodeve, he attended 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]

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

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 December 2018

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