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Memorable Manitobans: Cecil Charles David Hinks (1915-1942)

Freshwater biologist.

He was born on 16 January 1915, at Selkirk, Manitoba, to English immigrants Arthur Evett John Hinks (1891-1917) and Lillian Hope Caney. Hinks attended the University of Manitoba, where he specialized in hydrobiology: the study of fresh water and its associated plants and animals. After graduating, he was hired by the Fisheries Branch of the Manitoba Department of Mines and Natural Resources, and given the task of carrying out biological surveys of a large number of Manitoba lakes, many for the first time.

In 1939, Hinks began to prepare a report on the fish species occurring in Manitoba, with advice from Professor J. R. Dymond (Royal Ontario Museum of Zoology, Toronto), Ferris Neave (Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, BC, formerly of the University of Manitoba), R. A. Wardle (University of Manitoba), and James A. McLeod (University of Manitoba). By early 1940, a manuscript for The Fishes of Manitoba was nearly completed. However, Hinks was not to see its completion for, in July 1940, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as a navigator and observer. He shipped out to the European theater of World War II where, on 28 July 1942, his bomber was shot down over Hamburg, Germany. Hinks’ remains were buried in the Ohlsdorf cemetery in Hamburg. The Fishes of Manitoba was published posthumously, in March 1943.

He is commemorated by Hinks Lake in northern Manitoba.


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 August 2009

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