Robert Ramsay Wright

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Robert Ramsay Wright
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Robert Ramsay Wright in the 1880s
Born (1852-09-23)September 23, 1852
Alloa, Scotland
Died September 6, 1933(1933-09-06) (aged 80)
Droitwich Spa, England
Fields Zoology
Institutions University of Toronto
Alma mater University of Edinburgh

Robert Ramsay Wright (September 23, 1852 – September 6, 1933) was a Scottish zoologist and academic whose professional career was spent in Canada.[1]

Born in a manse at Alloa, Clackmannanshire, he studied at Edinburgh High School before receiving a B.Sc. and M.A from the University of Edinburgh.[2]

In 1874, he was appointed a Professor of Natural History at the University of Toronto where he would remain until he retired in 1912. In 1887, he was appointed the first Professor of Biology at the University of Toronto. He was also instrumental in re-establishing the medical school at University of Toronto in 1887. In 1901, he became the first Dean of Arts and in 1902 was appointed a Vice-President of the University.[3]

In 1889 his textbook An introduction to zoology: for the use of high schools was published by The Copp, Clark Company in Toronto.[4]


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  2. ^ "Obituary". Nature. 132: 631. doi:10.1038/132631a0. 
  3. ^ "Great Teaching". University of Toronto. 
  4. ^ Robert Ramsay Wright (1889). "An introduction to zoology : for the use of high schools". 

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Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
William Frederick King
President of the Royal Society of Canada
Succeeded by
George Bryce