Fonds MG 102 - J.E. Kennedy fonds

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J.E. Kennedy fonds

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MG 102

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  • 1860-1992 (inclusive) ; 1933-1992 (predominant) (Creation)

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5.41m textual records, graphic material, and sound recordings

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John Edward Kennedy was born in Kemptville, Ontario, on 12 September 1916. He earned a BA (Math and Physics) from Queen's University and continued with postgraduate work at McGill, earning an MSc in physics in 1942. From 1941-1945 he worked for the National Research Council, and in 1945 accepted an appointment with the University of New Brunswick. In 1956 Kennedy joined the Defence Research Medical Laboratory, becoming Head of the Physics Group and a leading specialist in the physics of clothing. Kennedy accepted a position at the University of Saskatchewan in 1965, as Associate Professor and Assistant Head, Physics Department. He served as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Science from 1967 to 1981. While at the U of 5, Kennedy established a course in Astronomy and taught introductory Physics; was responsible for the operation of the University Observatory; and continued research into the history of science. He retired from the University in 1984 and was awarded the honour of Professor Emeritus. Kennedy died in Saskatoon on July 28, 1999.

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This fonds contains material relating to Professor Kennedy's research and publications in the area of history of science (notably, on G.B. Airy, W. Brydone Jack, B.W. Currie, F.T. Davies and the Moon Hoax); astronomy (including information on comets and eclipses); as well as work he did on behalf of the Defence Research Medical Laboratories, the National Research Council, the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and the NB Dep't of Health. There is also material relating to his career with the University of New Brunswick and the University of Saskatchewan, and information concerning his extensive collection of 16th - 19th century books on astronomy.

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Related material: See also Faculty Biographies series.

Associated material: Queen's University and the RASC.

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