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Memorable Manitobans: Morley Richard Kare (1922-1990)

Sensory researcher.

Born at Winnipeg on 7 March 1922, one of five children of Isaac Kare (c1900-1970) and Rose Cohen (?-1965), he was educated at the University of Manitoba (BSc Agriculture, 1943). During the Second World War, he served in the Canadian Army, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. He returned from military duty and took additional training at the University of British Columbia (MSc, 1948), and Cornell University (PhD, 1952). He then taught at Cornell University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote over 150 scientific publications. Later in his career, he became interested in the senses of taste and, with Japanese researchers, contributed to the study of the savoury taste known now as umami. In May 1983, he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba. He died on 30 July 1990 and is commemorated by a public park in Winnipeg near land once owned by his family.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Morley R. Kare Park (115 North Meadow Road, Winnipeg)


Obituary [Isaac Kare], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1970, page 38.

“Finishing touches,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1991, page 54.

We thank Kevin Miller and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 September 2014

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