Cyril G. Wates
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Cyril G. Wates (18 July 1883 – 2 February 1946) was born in Brixton, England and, graduated from Worcester Academy in 1902, and immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1909 where he worked for the City of Edmonton Municipal Telephone System as an engineer. He joined the Alpine Club of Canada in 1916 and would go on to climb more than fifty peaks. He was the first to ascend Mt. Geikie in the Canadian Rockies, responsible for the Alpine Club’s book “Songs for Canadian Climbers” and named Mt. Minotaur located in British Columbia, south of Geikie Creek. He served as president of the Club from 1938 to 1941 and oversaw the construction of a cabin in the Tonquin Valley in Jasper National Park in Alberta, that is now known as the Wates-Gibson Hut. He received a Fellowship in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 1939.
Wates was an accomplished amateur astronomer who served as president of Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He also wrote for academic journals and magazines such as Scientific American and the RASC Journal and was awarded the Chant Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada; “for outstanding amateur contribution to astronomy in Canada” through his work in 1943. The year before, Wates had built a 12.5 inch reflector telescope that he donated to the University of Alberta for their future observatory. The University now offers the Cyril G. Wates Memorial Prize and Scholarship for mathematics.
With a passion for science, it is little surprise that Wates’ interests lent themselves to his writing. His first story, The Visitation, was published in 1927 in Amazing Stories as winner of the $500 Cover Prize Contest. Although his last published piece appeared in 1930, it is evident that his interest in the budding genre of science fiction remained as his letters appeared in the magazine until 1935.
Short Stories and Novellas
- (1927) The Visitation Amazing Stories June
- (1929) The Face of Isis Amazing Stories March
- (1929) Gold Dust and Star Dust Amazing Stories Sept
- (1930) A Modern Prometheus Amazing Stories Quarterly Fall
- (1930) Letter (Amazing Stories, February)
- (1934) Letter (Amazing Stories, January)
- (1935) Letter (Amazing Stories, August)
- (1919) "The Alpine Club of Canada" Toronto World, Sept. 9.
- (1930) "The memorial cabin on Penstock Creek" Canadian Alpine Journal
- (1933) and E.R. Gibson "The Eremite and beyond" Canadian Alpine Journal
- (1937) "Following the footsteps of the fur traders" Canadian Alpine Journal
- (1942) "Space, time and meaning" Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 36, Sept.
- (1944) “Adjusting the Polar Axis” Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 38, p. 154 April
- (1944) “Edmonton Observations of an Occultation of Jupiter” Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 38, p. 171 April