Fonds RC0717 - Leslie Webster Shemilt fonds

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Leslie Webster Shemilt fonds

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  • 1950-1999 (Creation)

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2.56 m of textual records and graphic material

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Leslie Webster Shemilt was born on 25 December 1919 in Souris, Manitoba. Dr. Shemilt received his undergraduate training at the University of Toronto, completed his Masters at the University of Manitoba, and received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Toronto. Dr. Shemilt played an active role in initiating the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of British Columbia before moving on to found the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick in 1960.

In 1969 he joined the Faculty Of Engineering McMaster University as Dean. Serving as Dean from 1969 to 1979, he was also very involved with the Technical Advisory Committee of the AECL Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program. Dr. Shemilt is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Engineering Institute of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has participated widely in university affairs, particularly in the area of the role of the physical sciences in the curriculum and its impact on society. He was a member of several non-professional societies, such as the Sherlock Holmes Society and the Bootmakers of Toronto. He was also involved with the United Church in Canada. Dr. Shemilt passed away on 20 December 2011.

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The fonds (15-2003) was donated by Dr. L.W. Shemilt in April 2003.


The fonds has been arranged into three series: lectures and addresses, correspondence and calendar books, and professional and personal activities. Included in the professional and personal activities series is Dr. Shemilt's report to the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.

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