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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Max Mobius (c1868-1938)


Supposedly born in Leipzig, Germany and a sometime-professor at a German university, Mobius appeared in Winnipeg around 1905 as principal of the Manitoba Institute of Mental Sciences, located on Main Street near William Avenue. He described himself as “Consulting Hygienist, Medical Electrician, Naturopath, and Phrenologist.” The Institute offered a lending library and served as an early centre for radical thought in Winnipeg. Mobius was a disciple of Henry George and a founder of the Single Tax League of Manitoba. Mobius disappeared from Winnipeg around 1910. He died in Victoria, British Columbia on 18 February 1938.


Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“R. M. Mobius dies at coast”, Winnipeg Tribune, 7 June 1938. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

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

Page revised: 20 December 2009

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