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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Kenning McClung (c1874-1960)

Physicist.

Born at Elmira, Ontario, he attended the Hamilton Collegiate (1889-1893) and McGill University, graduating from the latter in 1898 as a gold medalist in mathematics and physics. He worked as a physics demonstrator until 1901 when he was awarded a three-year 1851 Exhibition Research Scholarship, during which he studied xrays at Cambridge University. He returned to McGill in 1904, taking up a three-year appointment as a physics lecturer, after which he was appointed Professor of Physics at Mount Allison University.

He came to the University of Manitoba in 1909 as a Physics Lecturer, and was later promoted to Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and ultimately Professor. He retired in 1940. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1911 and later a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

On 24 June 1913, he married Edith Elizabeth Samson at Winnipeg. They a daughter, Mrs. F. C. Jewett. He was a member of Knox United Church.

He died at Winnipeg on 27 April 1960 and was buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Brighton, Ontario.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Former professor Dr. R. K. McClung”, Winnipeg Tribune, 28 April 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 11]

“Former professor, Dr. R. K. McClung, dies at age 86”, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 12]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 December 2011

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