February 8, 1876|
Fort Liard, Northwest Territories
|Died||December 19, 1958
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
post graduate work at Queens, Harvard and MIT
Honorary doctorate U of M (1936)
|Alma mater||St. John's College
University of Manitoba
|Known for||Deputy minister of mines (1920–1935)
Commissioner of the Northwest Territories (1935–1946)
President of the Canadian Geographical Society (1929–1941)
|Notable work||Founded the Canadian Geographical Society in 1929|
He was born in 1876 in Fort Liard, Northwest Territories, the son of a Hudson's Bay Company factor. In 1894, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science at the University of Manitoba. Following graduation, he returned to the north where he and his brother caught gold rush fever and set out to stake a claim in the Yukon. It was at this time that he developed an interest in geology and exploration.
Career with the public service of Canada
Camsell had a long and outstanding career with the Public Service of Canada commencing in 1904.
In June 1904, Charles received a letter from the head of the GSC, appointing him to a job he had not even applied for. He spent the early part of his career on various geological expeditions that took him to some of the most remote locations in the North. He also did geological fieldwork in southern British Columbia, taking a detailed survey of the unique gold deposits of Nickel Plate Mountain.
He retired from the Public Service of Canada in 1946 at the age of 70.
Other contributions and recognition
From 1930 to 1931 Camsell was President of the Royal Society of Canada. The Royal Society of Canada is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scientists and scholars. Its primary objective is to promote learning and research in the natural and social sciences and in the humanities.
From 1941 Camsell was an original standing committee member of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles. The Foundation for the Study of Cycles is an international non-profit research organisation for the study of cycles of events.
Camsell founded the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 1929, and was its president from 1930-1941. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is a Canadian non-profit educational organization dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges. The Society is the publisher of Canadian Geographic magazine and its French-language counterpart Géographica.
In 1935 Camsell was made Companion of Order of St. Michael and St. George by King George V. In 1945 the Royal Geographical Society of London awarded him their Founder's Gold Medal for his contributions to geology.
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- Biography of Charles Camsell
- Lieutenant Governors and Commissioners
- 1939 Charles Camsell’s Fort Simpson NWT Historical Timeline, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
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Arthur Stewart Eve
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