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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Henry Ellis (1890-1973)


Born in Coventry, England, he came to Manitoba as a youth, receiving his BSA from the Manitoba Agricultural College and his MSc from the University of Minnesota. He was appointed to the Field Husbandry Department of the Manitoba Agricultural College in 1918 and became head of its Soils Department in 1927. He began the soil survey of Manitoba, publishing The Soils of Manitoba in 1938. He also wrote The Land for Thine Inheritance (1941). He was a member of the Scientific Club of Winnipeg from 1931 to 1960.

Regarded as a dynamic teacher, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba. He was inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt. He is commemorated by the Ellis Building at the Fort Garry campus of the University of Manitoba.

There are extensive research papers at the University of Manitoba.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 6 May 2009

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