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Memorable Manitobans: Irene Lubinsky (1905-1989)

Zoologist.

Born in Ukraine on 26 February 1905, she studied at Kiev University and was later appointed to the Academy of Sciences in Kiev, serving as Senior Scientist in Hydrobiology from 1934 to 1943. Unfortunately, the Second World War disrupted her work and she was forced to leave Ukraine. She served in the UNRA Hospital in Bayreuth, Germany as Director of the Pathology Department from 1945 to 1949, and for five years thereafter lived in Pakistan. In 1954, Lubinsky and her husband George came to Canada, where they lived and worked in Montreal for a time, before coming to Manitoba in 1960 to work at the University of Manitoba.

She worked as a Research Fellow and became a recognized world authority on biography an arctic mollusks. She was an active member and Vice-President of the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences, Winnipeg Branch and a member of other scientific organizations as well as an active member of St. Andrew’s College and Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

She died at Winnipeg on 22 April 1989.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Monday, 24 April 1989, page 25.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 21 October 2009

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