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Memorable Manitobans: James Chilles “Jim” Jamieson (1939-2017)

Biochemist, administrator.

Born at Aberdeen, Scotland in 1939, he left school at the age of 14 to work as a laboratory assistant at the University of Aberdeen. He later received a BSc degree at Heriot Watt University then a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen. In 1967, he moved to Canada with his wife Muriel Shaw where he took a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Manitoba. He was hired into the Department of Chemistry in 1968. Soon after his appointment, he was recruited by physicians Bruce Chown and Jack Bowman to help in designing the first blood plasma fractionation laboratory that became the foundation of the biotechnology company Cangene. He served on the University Senate and was Head of the Department of Chemistry (1986-1994) and Dean of the Faculty of Science (1994-2004). He died at Winnipeg on 20 March 2017.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 March 2017

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