Fonds MS-2-320 - George C. Laurence fonds

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George C. Laurence fonds

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  • 1927-1945 (Creation)

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0.5 cm of textual records (2 folders)

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George C. Laurence was born in 1905 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He received his BSc (1925) and MSc (1927) in physics from Dalhousie University and earned a PhD at Cambridge University. In 1930 he joined the National Research Council in Ottawa, where he worked on radiation dosages in cancer treatments and promoting safety from radiation exposure. From 1946 Laurence was the scientific advisor to the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission. He was appointed chairman of the Reactor Safety Advisory Committee at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in 1956 and from 1961-1970 he served as president of the Atomic Energy Canada Board.

Laurence received several awards for his work, including the MBE, the Canadian Association of Physicists medal, the W.B. Lewis medal from the Canadian Nuclear Association, and a number of honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Laws from Dalhousie in 1967. George Laurence married Elfreda Blois in 1931, with whom he had two daughters. He lived in Chalk River, Ontario, from 1946 until his death in 1987.

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Fonds was accessioned by the Archives in 1978; custodial history unknown.

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Fonds comprises one lecture and two off prints of articles pertaining to atomic energy and radioactive elements.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], George C. Laurence fonds, MS-2-320, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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