Patrick Duncan McTaggart-Cowan
McTaggart-Cowan in 1964
|Born||May 31, 1912|
|Died||October 11, 1997(aged 85)|
|Alma mater||University of British Columbia|
Corpus Christi College, Oxford
|Known for||President of Simon Fraser University|
|Awards||Order of Canada|
Order of the British Empire
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he moved to North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with his family in 1913. He received a degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of British Columbia in 1933. A Rhodes Scholar, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science from Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1936.
Returning to Canada, he joined the Meteorological Service of Canada and was an officer in charge of the meteorological service in Newfoundland from 1937 to 1942. During World War II, he was the chief meteorologist for the RAF Ferry Command and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1944.
After the war, he moved to Ontario and re-joined the Meteorological Service of Canada becoming its director in 1959. He served as president of the Canadian Branch of the Royal Meteorological Society 1959-60.
In 1963, he was appointed the first president of Simon Fraser University and served until 1968. He then became the Executive Director of the Science Council of Canada and served until his retirement in 1975.
In 1939, he married Margaret Palmer and they had two children: Gillian and James Duncan.
- "Patrick McTaggart-Cowan fonds". Retrieved January 6, 2006.