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Memorable Manitobans: Thorvaldur Johnson (1898-1979)

Plant pathologist.

He received a BSc from the University of Saskatchewan (1922) and a BSA (1924) and PhD (1930) from the University of Minnesota. From 1957 to 1962 he worked as a plant pathologist at the Dominion Rust Research Laboratory of the Canadian Department of Agriculture Research Station in Winnipeg. From 1964 to 1965 he served as an advisor on cereal rust research to the government of West Pakistan.

He was President of the Canadian Phytopathological Society (1947), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1950), a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada (1958), recipient of the Elvin Stakman Award of the University of Minnesota (1958), the Outstanding Achievement Award (1959), the Gold Medal of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (1962), an honorary DSc from the University of Manitoba (1962), an Honorary Member of the Canadian Seed Growers Association (1963), a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (1966), an honorary LLD from the University of Saskatchewan (1967), a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), and the Order of Canada (1971).

He died on 15 September 1979.

See also:

The Dominion Rust Research Laboratory, 1925-1957 by Thorvaldur Johnson, edited by Brent D. McCallum
Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2019.1622594, 2019.

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dominion Rust Research Laboratory (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 1979, page 38.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 October 2021

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