Burbidge, George A.

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Burbidge, George A.

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1871-1944

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George A. Burbidge was a pharmacist from Nova Scotia who served as the Dean of the Maritime College of Pharmacy and is often referred to as the "Founder of Canadian Pharmacy". Burbidge was born in Newfoundland in 1871 but moved when he was young with his family to Halifax, where he went to school. He had the original intention of being a doctor, but when his father passed away he chose instead to enter pharmacy as an apprentice. He was registered with the Nova Scotia Pharmaceutical Society in 1899. He operated two drug stores in Halifax until 1921, when he decided to devote his time to the Maritime College of Pharmacy. In 1925, he was named Dean of the Maritime College of Pharmacy.

In addition, Burbidge served on various pharmaceutical associations, including being a key member in the founding of the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association in 1907. The goal of forming this association was to guard against the Dominion having a negative effect on the role of pharmacy in Canada, promote uniform standards, and begin holding an annual convention where pharmacists would be able to gather and exchange knowledge. The College of Pharmacy at Dalhousie owes its foundation to Burbidge, who was the only full-time faculty member from 1921 to 1943. Pharmacy was initially taught as a one-year program, but through Burbidge's time this was expanded to a four-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree. Burbidge passed away in 1943.

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