Donald Crowdis

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Donald Crowdis
Born(1913-12-24)December 24, 1913
DiedNovember 27, 2011(2011-11-27) (aged 97)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationT.V. Host, Museum Curator and Director, Blogger

Donald Crowdis (December 24, 1913 – November 27, 2011) was a museum curator, broadcaster, and one of the world's oldest bloggers. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he became curator and later director of the Nova Scotia Museum in 1940, succeeding Harry Piers. He served at the museum for 25 years focusing on the growth of its science collection until his departure in 1965. After World War II, Crowdis spearheaded an effort which led to the construction of the Halifax Memorial Library in 1951 (now the Spring Garden Road Memorial branch of the Halifax Public Libraries system).[1] Beginning in 1965, Crowdis was a member of the executive team that oversaw the establishment of what is now the Ontario Science Centre. He was a host of the popular CBC television series The Nature of Things in its early years.

Crowdis was one of the last living survivors of the Halifax Explosion. He wrote a blog named Don To Earth Again, making him one of the world's oldest bloggers.

In 2008, Crowdis was inducted into the Nova Scotia Discovery Centre Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. ^ Mary W. LoLordo: "The Cover", Libraries & Culture, 39(3): 313-317
  2. ^ Nova Scotia Discovery Centre Awards 2008

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