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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Charles Wallace (1881-1955)

University lecturer.

Born in the Orkney Islands on 15 June 1881, son of James and Mary Wallace, he was educated at Edinburgh University (Scotland) and Gottingen University (Germany). In 1910 he was appointed a lecturer in geology at the University of Manitoba. He took over from John A. Campbell as Commissioner for Northern Manitoba, in 1917.

Wallace was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1921 and became a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1944. He published extensively on the geology of Manitoba, his works including The Geological Formations of Manitoba (1925). He was given the Natural History Society of Manitoba Bronze Medal for his work. He served as President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1925-1926). He became President of the University of Alberta in 1928 (the same year he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba) and Principal of Queen’s University in 1936, and retired in 1951. In later years he became interested in humanistic questions, and he was the author of A Liberal Education in the Modern World (1932) and Religion, Science, and the Modern World (1952).

He is commemorated by the Wallace Building at the Fort Garry Campus of the University of Manitoba.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 May 2013

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