Austin Mardon

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Austin Albert Mardon
Born (1962-06-25) June 25, 1962 (age 54)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Fields Historical astronomy
Alma mater University of Lethbridge
South Dakota State University
Texas A&M University
Website
www.austinmardon.org

Austin Albert Mardon, CM Ph.D. (born June 25, 1962) is an author, and community leader who has participated in community based volunteerism and is an advocate for the disabled.[1] He is an assistant adjunct professor at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta. In the mid 80's, he founded and today still directs the Antarctic Institute of Canada, a non-profit entity based in Edmonton, Alberta.[2] He is currently married to lawyer and activist Catherine Mardon, and has co-written several books with her.[3]

Biography[edit]

Family History[edit]

Mardon was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1962 to May and Ernest George Mardon. Dr. Mardon grew up in Lethbridge and resides in Edmonton today.

Mardon's paternal grandfather, Austin Mardon, attended Cambridge University prior to becoming a professor in comparative classics and history. With his wife, Marie, Mardon's grandfather purchased Ardross Castle in Scotland, which remained in the Mardon family until 1983.[4]

Early Years[edit]

Dr. Mardon was a sickly child, born in Edmonton in 1962, [5] he grew up in Lethbridge, and spent many winters in Hawaii with his mother and sister.[6] He was considered a bit of a geek, and won an award for a school science fair. He was bullied in junior high and high school, and the harassment continued only slightly in to university, but by then damage had already been done. In his late teens he lived for a while in Scotland, and attended Grenoble University, where he was accepted as a peer and played some rugby. The experience also allowed him to start expanding his knowledge of the world and ways of life, and exchange ideas with other international students.[6]

Since he came from a family of academics, Dr. Mardon worked hard to live in accordance with his family's heritage of academia, but while in college, he failed every class except for geography. Taking this as a sign, he decided to pursue geography exclusively, and one of his teachers described him as having a kind of academic breech birth - "having great difficulty at the beginning, but later finding his footing." He also served in the Canadian Primary Reserves, taking his basic training at the Canadian Armed Forces Base at Dundurn, Saskatchewan.[6]

Education[edit]

Dr. Mardon graduated in 1985 with a major in cultural geography from the University of Lethbridge. [7] He became a graduate student at South Dakota State University, where he also attended the Space Studies Program, and received a master's of science in 1988. He also received a master's degree in education from Texas A&M University in 1990. After he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he earned a Ph.D from Greenwich University. He has done work on other degrees from Newman Theological College, Kharkov National University, and the University of South Africa. He received an honorary law degree (LL.D.) from the University of Alberta in 2011.[6] [8]

Career[edit]

While doing graduate work at the South Dakota State University in 1986, Dr. Mardon was invited to be a member of the 1986-87 Antarctic meteorite expedition for NASA and the National Science Foundation. 170 miles from the South Pole station when his team found hundreds of meteorites. During his sojourn he suffered environmental exposure which damaged his lungs and gave him a permanent cough. He received the U.S. Congressional Antarctic Service Medal for his efforts and risk.[6]

On his return to Alberta, he gave lectures on Antarctica at the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge. He secured an interview to be a member of the Canadian/Soviet Arctic traverse from northern Siberia to Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic, but failed to get on that expedition.[6]

He was a part of the failed meteorite recovery expedition in the Canadian Arctic near Resolute in the Northwest Territories, and wrote a paper on his conversations with locals and what the Inuit thought of meteorites. He was also supposed to join an Argentinian Antarctic expedition in the late 80's, but a fire at the Argentinian Antarctic base caused his membership to be canceled.[6]

One of his most significant contributions to astronomical science was a series of articles he wrote on the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. The Chronicle is a running commentary on different events in England during the medieval period. With the assistance of his father, a medieval scholar, Dr. Mardon found eleven cometary events mentioned in the Chronicle that are not mentioned anywhere else astronomical literature, as well as two meteor showers recorded in the Chronicle.[6]

In 1991, Dr. Mardon was invited to join an expedition to the South Pole sponsored by the Geographical Society of the USSR. He traveled to Moscow and met with some expedition officials, receiving a strange welcome with little information and odd accommodations.[9] He soon found out that he was under suspicion by the authorities and was arrested first by the GRU, then by the KGB.[5] Dr. Mardon was questioned, held for a time, and forced wandered the streets of Moscow with an escort that could have been a spy or guard as well as a guide. [9] Dr. Mardon finally secured passage back to Canada after a harrowing experience in Moscow, and eventually received an official letter of apology from Moscow.[5]

Bibliography[edit]

Austin Mardon has edited, authored and self-published 50 books.[10] He has published books on Canadian politics, history, mental health, science, geography, fiction and children’s fiction as well as numerous scholarly articles and abstracts. Mardon was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1992 and since then, many of his written works explore the topic of mental illness, with a specific focus on providing aid to the disabled.[11]

Non-Fiction[edit]

  • A Conspectus of the Contribution of Herodotus to the Development of Geographical Thought (1990. Reprint in 2011)[12]
  • A Description of the Western Isles of Scotland (1990, Translator, with Ernest Mardon)[12]
  • The Alberta Judiciary Dictionary (1990, with Ernest Mardon)[12]
  • International Law and Space Rescue Systems (1991)[12]
  • Kensington Stone and Other Essays (1991)[12]
  • A Transient in Whirl (1991)[12]
  • The Men of the Dawn: Alberta Politicians from the North West Territories of the District of Alberta and Candidates for the First Alberta General Election (1991, With Ernest Mardon)[12]
  • Down and Out and on the Run in Moscow (1992, with Ernest Mardon)[12]
  • Alberta General Election Returns and Subsequent Byelections, 1882-1992, Documentary Heritage Society of Alberta (1993, with Ernest Mardon)[12]
  • Edmonton Political Biographical Dictionary, 1882-1990: A Work in Progress (1993, with Ernest Mardon)[12]
  • Biographical Dictionary of Alberta Politicians (1993, with Ernest Mardon)[12]
  • Alberta Executive Council, 1905-1990 (1994, co-author)[12]
  • Alone against the Revolution (1996, with M.F. Korn)[12]
  • Early Catholic Saints (1997, co-author)[12]
  • Later Christian Saints (1997, co-author)[12]
  • Childhood Memories and Legends of Christmas Past (1998, co-author) [12]
  • United Farmers of Alberta (1999, co-author)[12]
  • The Insanity Machine (2003, with Kenna McKinnon)[13]
  • English Medieval Cometry References Over a Thousand Years (2008, with Ernest Mardon and Cora Herrick)[14]
  • 2004 Politicians (2009, with Ernest Mardon)[15]
  • A Description of the Western Isles of Scotland (2009, with Ernest Mardon)[16]
  • Space Rescue Systems in the Context of International Laws (2009)[17]
  • Alberta Election Returns, 1887-1994 (2010, with Ernest Mardon)[18]
  • Community Place Names of Alberta (2010, with Ernest Mardon)[19]
  • Alberta's Judicial Leadership (2011, with Ernest Mardon)[20]
  • The Mormon Contribution to Alberta Politics (2 ed.) (2011, with Ernest Mardon)[21]
  • Mapping Alberta's Political Leadership (2011, with Ernest Mardon and Joseph Harry Veres)[22]
  • Alberta's Political Pioneers (2011, with Ernest Mardon)[23]
  • Alberta Ethnic German Politicians (2011, with Ernest Mardon and Catherine Mardon)[24]
  • Financial Stability for the Disabled (2012, with Shelley Qian and Kayle Paustian)[25]
  • The Liberals in Power in Alberta 1905-1921 (2012, with Ernest Mardon)[26]
  • Designed by Providence (2012, with Ernest Mardon and Claire MacMaster)[27]
  • Who's Who in Federal Politics in Alberta (2012, with Ernest Mardon)[28]
  • What's in a Name? (2012, with Ernest Mardon)[29]
  • History and Origin of Alberta Constituencies (2012, with Catherine Mardon)[30]
  • The Conflict Between the Individual & Society in the Plays of James Bridie (2012, with Ernest Mardon)[31]
  • Alberta Catholic Politicians (2012, with Ernest Mardon)[32]
  • Tea with the Mad Hatter (2012, with Erin Campbell)[33]
  • Lethbridge Politicians: Federal, Provincial & Civic (2 ed.) (2013, with Ernest Mardon)[34]
  • Alberta Anglican Politicians (2013, with Ernest Mardon)[35]
  • Political Networks in Alberta: 1905-1992 (2 ed.) (2014)[36]

Children's Books[edit]

  • Many Christian Saints for Children (1997, coauthor) [12]
  • Early Saints and Other Saintly Stories for Children (2011, with May Mardon and Ernest Mardon)[37]
  • When Kitty Met the Ghost (2 ed.) (2012, with Ernest Mardon)[38]
  • The Girl Who Could Walk Through Walls (2012, with Ernest Mardon)[39]
  • Gandy and Parker Escape the Zoo: An Illustrated Adventure (2013, with Catherine Mardon)[40]
  • Grownup for a Week (2014, with Catherine Mardon, Aala Abdullahi and Agata Garbowska)[41]

Awards and honours[edit]

Mardon was elected into the Royal Society of Canada as a Specially Elected Fellow in 2014.[42] He is the recipient of the University of Lethbridge 2014 Honorary Degree[43] and the University of Alberta Honorary Degree.[44]

  • Antarctic Service Medal- US Congress(Navy)- 1987[45]
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award- Bronze Level- 1987[45]
  • Texas State Proclamation #51, Texas Legislature- 1988[45]
  • Governor Generals Caring Canadian Award- 1996, presented 1999[46]
  • Nadine Stirling Award, Canadian Mental Health Association- Alberta 1999[45]
  • Flag of Hope Award, Schizophrenia Society of Canada- 2001[47]
  • Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Lethbridge- 2002[47]
  • Presidents Award, Canadian Mental Health Association-Alberta- 2002[48]
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal- 2002[49]
  • Alberta Centennial Medal- 2005[50]
  • Ron LaJeunnesse Leadership Award, Canadian Mental Health Association- Edmonton 2005[45]
  • Order of Canada, Member- October 2006, Invested- October 2007[51]
  • Bill Jefferies Family Award, Schizophrenia Society of Canada- 2007[48]
  • C.M. Hincks Award, Canadian Mental Health Association- National Division- 2007[48]
  • Best National Editorial, Canadian Church Press- 2010 for Western Catholic Reporter article[52]
  • Medal of Honour, Alberta Medical Association- October 2010[53]
  • Mental Health Media Award, Canadian Mental Health Association-Alberta October 2010 for AHE Edmonton Journal articles[52]
  • Honorable Kentucky Colonel- Commonwealth of Kentucky April 2011[52]
  • Honorary Doctorate, L.L.D., University of Alberta- June 10, 2011[54]
  • Medal of Honour, Canadian Medical Association- August 25, 2011[55]
  • Catherine & Austin Mardon CM Schizophrenia Award permanently endowed at U of Alberta for $500 per annum 2012[56]
  • Dr's Catherine & Austin Mardon CM Student Award Bursary established at Newman Theological College 2012[52]
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal- Presented May 28, 2012[57]
  • Catherine & Austin Mardon CM Schizophrenia Award endowed at Norquest College for $1,000 per annum August 2013[58]
  • Honorary Doctorate, L.L.D., University of Lethbridge, June 19, 2014[59]
  • Honorary Social Worker, Alberta College of Social Workers, April, 2015[60]
  • Mardon was elected into the Royal Society of Canada as a Specially Elected Fellow in 2014.[61]


References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://corporate.britannica.com/antarctic-institute-of-canada/
  3. ^ Mardon, Austin; Mardon, Catherine (29 March 2016). "Austin and Catherine Mardon: Home ownership offers safe place for people with disabilities". Retrieved 5 July 2016 – via Edmonton Journal. 
  4. ^ "Ardross Castle - Heritage". Retrieved 2015-05-08. [self-published source]
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  7. ^ "Dr. Austin Mardon 2002 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year". University of Lethbridge. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dr. Austin MARDON". Canadian Who's Who. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Mardon, Austin (2012). Seven Days in Moscow. Edmonton, AB: Golden Meteorite Press. p. 30. ISBN 9781897472385. 
  10. ^ "Austin Mardon". Speakers' Bureau of Alberta. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Austin Mardon". University of Alberta. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r https://www.academia.edu/14230249/Contemporary_Authors_Biography
  13. ^ "The Insanity Machine". Google Books. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "English Medieval Cometry References Over a Thousand Years". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "2004 Politicians - Austin Mardon, Ernest Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "A Description of the Western Isles of Scotland". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Space Rescue Systems in the Context of International Laws - Austin Albert Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "Alberta Election Returns, 1887-1994 - Ernest G. Mardon, Austin Albert Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Community Place Names of Alberta - Ernest G. Mardon, Austin Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "Alberta's Judicial Leadership". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "The Mormon Contribution to Alberta Politics - Austin Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  22. ^ "Mapping Alberta's Political Leadership". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  23. ^ "Alberta's Political Pioneers - Austin Mardon". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "Alberta's Ethnic German Politicians - Austin Mardon". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "Financial Stability for the Disabled". Google Books. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  26. ^ "The Liberals in Power in Alberta 1905-1921". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  27. ^ "Designed by Providence - Austin Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  28. ^ "Who's Who in Federal Politics in Alberta - Ernest G. Mardon, Austin Albert Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  29. ^ "What's in a Name? - Austin Mardon". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  30. ^ "History and Origin of Alberta Constituencies - Austin Albert Mardon, Catherine A. Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  31. ^ "The Conflict Between the Individual & Society in the Plays of James Bridie - Austin Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  32. ^ "Alberta Catholic Politicians". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  33. ^ "Tea with the Mad Hatter". Google Books. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  34. ^ "Lethbridge Politicians: Federal, Provincial & Civic". Google Books. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  35. ^ "Alberta Anglican Politicians". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  36. ^ "Political Networks in Alberta: 1905-1992". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  37. ^ "Early Saints and Other Saintly Stories for Children - Austin Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  38. ^ "When Kitty Met the Ghost - Austin Mardon, Ernest G. Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  39. ^ "The Girl Who Could Walk Through Walls - Austin Mardon, Ernest G. Mardon - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  40. ^ "Gandy and Parker Escape the Zoo: An Illustrated Adventure - Austin Mardon, Catherine Mardon, Agata Garbowska - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  41. ^ "Grownup for a Week - Austin Mardon, Catherine Mardon, Aala Abdullahi, Agata Garbowska - Google Books". Google Books. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  42. ^ "The Royal Society of Canada Class of 2014 List of New Fellows" (PDF). The Royal Society of Canada. 9 September 2014. p. 14. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  43. ^ "Mental health advocate Mardon to receive honorary degree". University of Lethbridge. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  44. ^ "Austin Mardon Receives Honorary Doctorate". Alberta Canadian Health Association. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
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  50. ^ http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/gazette/2006/pdf/09_May15_Part1.pdf
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  58. ^ https://www.norquest.ca/media-centre/news/2013/new-bursary-will-assist-students-with-mental-healt.aspx
  59. ^ http://www.explorersclub.ca/pages/wp-content/uploads/FarAfield-July2014.pdf
  60. ^ http://www.acsw.ab.ca/pdfs/min_finalapproved_october_20141115.pdf
  61. ^ "The Royal Society of Canada Class of 2014 List of New Fellows" (PDF). The Royal Society of Canada. 9 September 2014. p. 14. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 

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