Fonds RC0117 - Denis Martin Shaw fonds

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Denis Martin Shaw fonds

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  • 1935-2003 (Creation)

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1.92 m of textual records and graphic material.

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Denis Martin Shaw, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University School of Geography and Geology, was born on 20 August 1923, in Lancashire, England to Norman Wade and Sylvia (Shackleton) Shaw. He attended the King Edward VII school in St. Anne’s and continued his education at Emmanuel College in Cambridge. There, he received his BA in 1943 and later in 1948 his MA, after having served as a Signals Officer for three years. In 1946 Shaw married Doris Pauline (Paula) Mitchell. They had 3 children: Geoffrey, Gillian, and Peter Shaw. Soon thereafter he enrolled at the University of Chicago for a doctorate. By 1951 he had joined the Department of Geology at McMaster University. Shaw divorced Paula Shaw in 1975, and married Susan Evans in 1976. He died in Hamilton on 6 October 2003.

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The fonds primarily deals with Shaw's professional activities, but also includes personal material.

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Fonds (03-2004) was obtained from Professor Shaw’s office at McMaster University; supplementary material was donated by Susan Evans.


This fonds consists of seven series: personal, correspondence, manuscripts, research, Geochemical Society and Meteoritical Society notes, teaching notes and lessons, and photographs.

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