Fonds Fonds 102 - J.E. Kennedy fonds

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J.E. Kennedy fonds

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Fonds 102

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  • 1860-1992, predominant 1933-1992 (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, and in 1965 he left to take a position with the University of Saskatchewan. He served both as Assistant Head, Dep't of Physics, and from 1967-1981, as Assistant Dean, Arts and Sciences. He retired from the University in 1981 and was awarded the honour of Professor Emeritus.

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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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