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Convocation date: May 17, 1974
Discipline / contribution: history - Canadian ; northern research
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you, Dr. Leslie H. Neatby.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Leslie Neatby, born in England and raised in Saskatchewan, has had an active and fruitful career as a scholar. His distinguished career as a teacher and writer has been well established.
Having graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1925 with honours in History and Latin, Dr. Neatby taught in Saskatchewan schools until 1940 when he joined the Canadian Armed Forces for active duty overseas. After the war, Leslie Neatby recommenced his academic career by enrolling at the University of Toronto. In 1950, he was awarded a Doctorate in Classics.
From 1951 to 1967, Dr. Neatby was Head of the Department of Classics at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. It was at Acadia that Leslie Neatby found enough leisure time to embark on his life’s ambition of writing about Maritime history. A few years before joining the staff at Acadia an article in Macleans magazine entitled, “Franklin’s Folley” ignited his latent interest in Arctic exploration. While he strongly disagreed with the article, he pursued the Franklin search material by reading Back’s adventure of Great Fish River. All of this lead to his first book, “In Quest of the North—West” which appeared in 1958. Since then five more books have been written, the most recent one is 1973 which was entitled, “Discovery in Russian and Siberian Waters”.
Emminent chancellor, I present to you Dr. Leslie Neatby and ask that you will confer on him the Degree of Doctors of Laws honorius causa.
Degree presented by: R.M. Bone, Director, Institute for Northern Studies
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