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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Kenning McClung (c1874-1960)

Physicist.

Born at Elmira, Ontario around 1874, he attended the Hamilton Collegiate (1889-1893) and McGill University, graduating from the latter in 1898 as a gold medalist in mathematics and physics. He worked as a physics demonstrator until 1901 when he was awarded a three-year 1851 Exhibition Research Scholarship, during which he studied xrays at Cambridge University. He returned to McGill in 1904, taking up a three-year appointment as a physics lecturer, after which he was appointed Professor of Physics at Mount Allison University. He came to the University of Manitoba in 1909 as a Physics Lecturer, and was later promoted to Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and ultimately Professor. He retired in 1940. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1911 and later a Fellow of the American Physical Society. On 24 June 1913, he married Edith Elizabeth Samson (?-?) at Winnipeg and they a daughter, Mrs. F. C. Jewett. He was a member of Knox United Church and the Scientific Club of Winnipeg. He died at Winnipeg on 27 April 1960 and was buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Brighton, Ontario.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Former professor Dr. R. K. McClung,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 April 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 11]

“Former professor, Dr. R. K. McClung, dies at age 86,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 12]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2020

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