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Name: Robert Glen, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Convocation date: September 29, 1959
Special Convocation: Golden Jubilee Convocation
Discipline / contribution: entomology
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor:Degree received: Doctor of Laws
I present to you a distinguished alumnus of this University.
Born in Scotland, Robert Glen came to this province at an early age and received most of his formal education here. He was awarded the Bachelor of 5cience degree with High Honours in Biology by this university in 1929 and a Masters degree two years later. He joined the staff of the Federal Entomology Laboratory at Saskatoon where for a decade and a half he gave effective leadership in basic and applied studies of the insects which periodically affect the agricultural economy of this province.
After further studies at the United States National Museum in Washington, D.C., and at the University of Minnesota where he obtained his doctorate, he published his widely-acclaimed monograph on the morphology and taxonomy of elaterid larvae. In l945 he was transferred to Ottawa where he rose rapidly from coâ€”ordinator of Research to Chief of the Entomology Division, then to Associate Director of Research and last year to the position of Director-General of the Research Branch of the Canada Department of Agriculture.
He enjoys the complete confidence and respect of his colleagues in the different branches of government for his breadth of outlook, vision, sound appraisal and judgment. He has recruited outstanding scientists and provided fine facilities for research. This has resulted in marked improvement in quality and output of entomological research with corresponding benefits to practical agriculture.
His activities have gone far beyond the confines of his administrative duties. The societies or organizations that have benefited by his leadership include the Entomological Society of Canada, the Agricultural Institute of Canada, the Defence Research board and the Entomological Society of America. As Vice-President of the Tenth International Congress of Entomology held at Montreal in 1956 he helped greatly to make the gathering of entomologists from all over the world an unqualified success.
But Robert Glen is more than a leader in research and administration. We, who were his classmates, see in him the blending of a keen mind, a fine sense of humor, and an engaging personality into a harmonious whole.
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Senate of the University I ask that you confer on Dr. Glen the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Degree presented by: J.G. Rempel, professor of Biology
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