On this day in 1908 the University of Alberta started operation with Henry Marshall Tory as its first president. Forty-five students attended classes in English, mathematics and modern languages, on the top floor of the Queen Alexandra Elementary School in Strathcona, while the first campus building, Athabasca Hall, was under construction.
Today the UofA is one of Canada’s finest research Universities, with over 40,000 students; 8000 at the graduate level.
Baby girl fightin’ the fire
Field of floral weeds #leaside #donwood #flora
Leaside mini Library #freelibrary #leaside
Charles Brenton Huggins was born on this day in 1901 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He graduated from Acadia University in 1920 and went on to study at Harvard receiving his MD degree in 1924.
In 1966, Dr. Huggins received the Nobel Prize (shared with virologist Peyton Rous) for his research on the relationship between hormones and prostate cancer. This work changed forever the way scientists regarded the behaviour of all cancer cells and for the first time brought hope to the prospect of treating advanced cancers. Huggins showed that cancer cells were dependent on chemical signals such as hormones to grow and survive, and that depriving cancer cells of those signals could restore the health of patients. This seminal idea stimulated the further research of cancer treatment via chemotherapy.
Huggins died in Chicago, Illinois in 1997.
Mussels and IPA. Mmmmmm. #longos #beerweek #goodeats
Matching bike and stand. #endofday #longos #beerweek
Happy 90th birthday to Don Harron who was born on this day in Toronto in 1924. Harron worked for the CBC while a student at the University of Toronto and afterwards joined the Stratford Festival. He wrote the text for the Charlottetown Festival’s musical Anne of Green Gables, and hosted CBC’s Morningside as well as the Don Harron Show on CTV. He also created the characters of Parry Sound farmer Charlie Farquharson and Toronto matron Valerie Rosedale for the stage. Harron currently lives in East York, retired after a 77 year career in the arts.
Spiral geometry #UofT #UC #stairs