McCarter, John Alexander

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McCarter, John Alexander

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John Alexander (Alec) McCarter was the head of biochemistry within Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine from 1950-1965. During his years at Dalhousie, he became an avid bird watcher and member of the Izaak Walton Fishing Club. Born in 1918 and raised in Dawson City, Yukon, he was educated at UBC and the University of Toronto before joining the National Research Council Atomic Energy Project (1945-48). Following his years at Dalhousie, he helped to establish the Division of Medical Research of the National Research Council and its transition into the Medical Research Council of Canada. From 1966-1980 he served as the Director for the National Cancer Institute of Canada's Cancer Research Laboratory at Western University, and spent the final years of his research career at the University of Victoria. He died on 14 February 2005.


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