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Dawson, John William
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(Oct 13, 1820, Nova Scotia – Nov 19, 1899, Montreal, Quebec), an important geologist and lay theologian. He was brought up as a Scottish Presbyterian, and remained so all his life. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and was involved in a range of educational and evangelistic ventures in Nova Scotia. In 1855 he became principal of McGill College in Montreal. With the support of Charles Lyell, Britain's foremost geologist, he published many scientific works such as The Canadian Ice Age (1893). Dawson was elected to numerous scientific societies. An ardent…

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Livingstone, David N., “Dawson, John William”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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