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Memorable Manitobans: Henry George Latimer Strange (1882-1964)

Engineer, researcher, writer.

Born in London, England, he studied engineering, served in the Boer War, and worked as a gas-processing engineer around the world. During World War One he worked in a special section of the Royal Engineers developing flame projectors. In 1918 he was badly wounded by shrapnel. He moved to North America in 1919, and worked for some years in agricultural research before joining the Searle Grain Company of Winnipeg in 1930 to head its research department. He developed a new crop-testing system which was adopted around the world. Throughout his career he wrote on agriculture and other areas of interest, often in collaboration with his wife Kathleen. Strange was the author of A Short History of Prairie Agriculture (1951). He retired in 1954, first to England then to British Columbia. He died in Vancouver. A partial biography is provided in With the West in Her Eyes (1937) and a partial autobiography by Never a Dull Moment (written with Kathleen Strange, 1941).


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

Page revised: 28 April 2008

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