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PortraitJohn William Tranter Spinks

John Spinks, research chemist, teacher and administrator, was born in Methwold, Norfolk, England, January 1, 1908. He attended Thetford grammar school and later obtained his bachelor of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of London, Kingís College.

He immigrated to Canada in 1930 to a post as assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan. In the Second World War he first served as operational research officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force and later was transferred to the joint British-Canadian atomic energy project.

Returning to the university in 1945 he initiated studies in the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes. He pioneered work in the use of radioactive isotopes to measure plant use of fertilizer, to measure phosphorous and calcium in eggs, movement of wireworms, dispersion of grasshoppers, mosquitoes and blackflies. Out of these grew a broad range of studies that attracted international attention.

John Spinks was appointed head of the chemistry department in 1948, dean of graduate studies in 1949 and from 1960 to 1975 he served as president of the University of Saskatchewan.

He was a member of the Canadian delegation to four world conferences in Geneva on peaceful uses of atomic energy. He lectured for three weeks in the Soviet Union and visited Poland to arrange exchanges of scientists. As university president he travelled to Israel, the West Indies and across Canada on fact-finding and information providing missions.

Dr. Spinks served as member of the National Research Council, the Saskatchewan Research Council, president of the Chemical Institute of Canada, member of the Canada Council, member, Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Conservation Board, and board member, Canadian Universities Foundation.

He was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1943, a member of the British Empire, 1946; honorary doctor of laws, Carleton University, honorary doctor of science, Assumption University, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry all in 1958; received the Companion Order of Canada in 1970 and the Queenís Silver Jubilee Commemorative medal in 1977.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame
by the University of Saskatchewan, 1982."

 

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