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Kingston and Canadian scholarship

Queen's 1950, Queen's Archives
Queen's 1950, Queen's Archives

Although Kingston may appear a small town to some, it is a city of big ideas, ideas so big and so important that they are worthy of national and international recognition, knighthoods, and even a Nobel Prize. Indeed, some of Canada’s brightest minds have called Kingston home. One of Kingston’s most prominent scholars was Sir Sandford Fleming (1827-1915), the famous engineer and inventor of Standard Time, who served as Chancellor of Queen’s University from 1879 until his death in 1915. Fleming was an instrumental force in the secularization of the university and the expansion of the Faculty of Science. In addition to being the “Father of Standard Time,” Fleming played a crucial role in the establishment of some of Canada’s most iconic images and institutions. In 1851, he designed the “Three-Pence Beaver,” Canada’s first postage stamp featuring a beaver constructing a dam. It symbolized Canadians’ industrial spirit and the historic fur trade and influenced the adoption of the beaver as a national emblem. Additionally, Fleming played directorial roles in two of Canada’s most powerful institutions, both of which stand today as symbols of Canada: the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. For his contributions to the development of Canada, Fleming was awarded the most prestigious of honours in the British Empire, including a knighthood bestowed by Queen Victoria herself. 

One of Kingston's most prominent scholars was Sir Sandford Fleming (1827-1915), the famous engineer and inventor of Standard Time, who served as Chancellor of Queens University from 1879 until his death in 1915. Fleming was an instrumental force in the secularization of the university and the expansion of the Faculty of Science. In addition to being the “Father of Standard Time,” Fleming played a crucial role in the establishment of some of Canada's most iconic images and institutions. In 1851, he designed the “Three-Pence Beaver,” Canada's first postage stamp featuring a beaver constructing a dam. It symbolized Canadians' industrial spirit and the historic fur trade and influenced the adoption of the beaver as a national emblem. Additionally, Fleming played directorial roles in two of Canadian institutions: the Hudson's Bay Company and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. For his contributions to the development of Canada, Fleming was awarded the most prestigious of honours in the British Empire, including a knighthood bestowed by Queen Victoria herself.

Arthur McDonald
Arthur McDonald

An impressive contemporary Kingstonian scholar is Dr. Arthur McDonald, a Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University and a Companion of the Order of Canada. Dr. McDonald was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his ground-breaking work on a form of subatomic particles called neutrinos. This revolutionary work prompted the Nobel Committee to state that the discovery has “changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter and can prove crucial to our view of the universe.”

Kingston is at the heart of Canada's story - shaping our past and building our future.

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