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Memorable Manitobans: Roger Marshall Smith (1918-2007)

Nuclear scientist, community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 12 September 1918, he graduated in Physics from the University of Manitoba before joining the Canadian Army in 1940. He was transferred to the British Army in 1944 until 1946, achieving the rank of Major. In 1947 he joined Atomic Energy of Canada in Chalk River where he became the Supervisor of NRX Reactor. In 1958 he moved his family to Vienna, Austria where he was on loan to International Atomic Energy Agency as the head of the Safeguards division. Subsequently he played a major role in the planning and development of Whiteshell Nuclear Research Establishment and the town of Pinawa, moving there in 1963.

He volunteered with various organizations including Boy Scouts of Canada, Canadian Executive Services Organization, Pan Am Games and Manitoba Summer Games. He was inducted into the Order of Manitoba in 2000 based on his work as a nuclear scientist, volunteer and efforts in the planning of Whiteshell nuclear research laboratories and the town of Pinawa.

He died on 31 January 2007.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 2007.

Official Register of the Order of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 March 2016

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