2015 Conference Call/Appel

Greetings Colleagues,
I’m pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the CSTHA’s 19th Biennial Conference, which is to take place this November. The theme for the conference is “Science and Technology Across Borders”. Proposals are due by 30 June 2015.

For further information please visit: http://cstha-ahstc.ca/conference-colloque-2015/

**Please disseminate widely**

Warm regards,


Je suis heureux d’annoncer que la conférence biennale de l’AHSTC pour
l’année 2015 se tiendra en novembre. Le thème de la conférence cette année
est “science et technologies: par-delà les frontières”.La date limite de
soumission est 30 juin 2015.

Vouz pouvez visiter le site internet pour plus d’information:

N’hésitez pas à faire circuler l’information.


Conference: “Powers from the North”/ “Le Nord Électrique”

“Power from the North” is a two-day conference March 23 & March 24 at the University of Vermont. March 23 is designed to bring together policy makers, energy professionals and academics from both sides of the international border to consider the growing importance of the Quebec-Vermont/New England electric energy relationship. The conference intends to “tell the story” of this evolving relationship, to examine its economic and environmental consequences, and ultimately to inform present and future decisions regarding energy production, distribution and use in the Quebec-New England region, including the role that Quebec might play in de-carbonizing electric systems in Vermont.

For more information, see: http://www.uvm.edu/~crvt/?Page=news&storyID=19511&

Les 23 et 24 mars 2015,  l’Université du Vermont sera l’hôte d’une conférence à deux volets, intitulée   « Le nord électrique ». La première journée rassemblera décideurs politiques, professionnels de l’industrie de l’énergie et universitaires provenant des deux côtés de la frontière. Dans le contexte actuel, où les relations énergétiques électriques s’intensifient entre le Québec et le Vermont (et la Nouvelle-Angleterre dans une plus large mesure), les participants seront invités à « raconter l’histoire » de l’évolution de cette relation et à en examiner les motivations et les conséquences économiques et environnementales. Les décisions actuelles et futures concernant la production, la distribution et l’utilisation de l’électricité dans la région Québec/Nouvelle-Angleterre, seront également abordées, y compris le rôle que le Québec pourrait jouer dans la décarbonisation du système électrique du Vermont.

Visitez le site internet pour plus d’information: http://www.uvm.edu/~crvt/?Page=news&storyID=19504&category=crvevent

Call for Papers: Artifacts in Agraria Symposium

A pottery jug, rag rug, handmade nightdress, coal-oil lamp, plow, buggy, barn….  Some experiences of the agrarian past have escaped being put into language but survive long after the period under study as artifacts.

We invite proposals that begin with a material artifact of everyday life, either made or used, and explore it as a valid historical source that gathers meaning when understood in the context of surviving written records, family history, fashion trends and international commerce.  How is the artifact conceived and used by particular groups?  How does it connect aesthetic and cultural beliefs, symbolize self-identity, affirm values, tell stories, purvey heritage and have meaning ascribed to it through display?  We encourage papers that provide a better understanding of rural life in and beyond Canada, and that explore new methods or ways of viewing and contextualizing artifacts. Though organized by historians, we welcome ethnologists, archaeologists, art historians, cultural geographers, museum professionals and connoisseurs.

Please submit a 400 word proposal and 1 page CV to C. Wilson, cawilson@uoguelph.ca

For more information visit: www.uoguelph.ca/ruralhistory/

Deadline for proposals is 26 January 2015. Artifacts in Agraria Symposium, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 17-18 October 2015

New Editor-in-Chief

The CSTHA is pleased to announce David Pantalony as the new Editor-in-Chief of Scientia Canadensis. David has been a long-time member of the CSTHA, is Curator of Physical Sciences and Medicine at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and teaches part-time at the University of Ottawa. He begins his five-year term in January 2015.

David will be replacing James Hull, a leading scholar in the history of technology in Canada at the University of British Columbia. James brought to publication several excellent issues, and we thank him for his years of service.

Welcome, David!


L’AHSTC est heureux d’annoncer que David Pantalony sera le nouveau rédacteur de Scientia Canadensis. David est conservateur des sciences physiques et de la médecine au Musée des scienes et de la technologie du Canada, et il enseigne à l’Université d’Ottawa. Il commence son mandat de cinq ans en janvier 2015.

David remplace James Hull, un spécialiste de l’histoire de la technologie au Canada, à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique. James a fait paraître plusieurs excellents numéros, et nous le remercions pour ses années de service.

Bienvenue, David!


Exciting things are happening with the CSTHA, starting with our new site. Feel free to explore our links, our archives, or send us a message: we’d love to here from you.

Stay tuned for more…


Call for Applications: CSTHA-AHSTC Editor-Redacteur Scientia Canadensis

La version française apparaît ci-dessous

Call for Applications – Editor, Scientia Canadensis

Deadline: 31 July 2014. (Download Call for Applications Editor-Redacteur Scientia Canadensis.doc)

The Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association / Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie seeks applicants for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the journal Scientia Canadensis beginning with the 2015 issues. The term is typically for five years and is a volunteer position.

Scope of the Journal: Scientia Canadensis, CSTHA/AHSTC’s official journal, aims at building understanding of the history of science, technology, and medicine in Canada. (See http://cstha-ahstc.ca/scientia-canadensis/) In addition, the journal is opening its pages to international, comparative articles (for example, a recent special issue includes articles on circumpolar science and technology in Greenland, the USSR, Norway, and Canada). A scholarly, refereed journal since 1981, it includes original research and historiographical articles, shorter research notes, critical book reviews, and bibliographies. In 2009, the journal became available online through Érudit (http://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia), and beginning with Volume 37 (2014), it will be published only in an online format.

Qualifications: recognized expertise in the history of science, technology or medicine in Canada; managerial, organizational, editorial, and computer skills to oversee the editorial cycle; a compelling vision for the future of the journal; the ability to attract established and new scholars to publish in the journal; tact in communicating with authors; membership in CSTHA/AHSTC; and institutional support for the duration of the appointment. Bilingualism is an asset but is not mandatory.

Major responsibilities: In general, the editor-in-chief is responsible for the intellectual content, quality, and timeliness of the journal issues as well as the overall success of the journal. Specific duties may include but not be limited to: providing a clear vision for the direction of the journal, representing the journal in outside venues and conferences, soliciting high-quality manuscripts from potential authors, selecting a sufficient pool of competent peer-reviewers and managing the peer review process of manuscripts, deciding which manuscripts to publish, assisting authors in seeing their manuscripts to publication, and representing the journal in outside venues and conferences. The editor-in-chief is a member of the Executive Committee. Upon appointment, the Editor-in-Chief will select 8-10 scholars to join the Editorial Advisory Board of Scientia Canadensis, to provide advice and counsel, and to be nominated by the CSTHA / AHSTC Executive Committee

The Editor-in-Chief will work in cooperation with the Managing Editor, Dr. Stéphane Castonguay (who is responsible for the digital production of the journal), and the Book Review Editor, Dr. Jennifer Hubbard.

Search procedure: Applications will be reviewed by the CSTHA/AHSTC Executive Committee following the submission deadline. An application should be no more than five pages (not including the cv) and include: a) cover letter, which includes the applicant’s name, affiliation, and other relevant information, and evidence of the applicant’s ability and experience; b) vision statement of no more than two pages, which outlines the applicant’s perspective on challenges and opportunities; future plans for the journal; expected tasks and objective milestones; etc. c) statement of institutional support, if any. Candidates should address the feasibility of serving as editor in light of the institutional resources likely to be available. CSTHA/AHSTC does not pay for office space, clerical assistance, or release time; and d) curriculum vitae. The cv should include publications and any editorial experience.

Applications should be sent via e-mail preferably as a single pdf file (filename: lastname-Scientia-Canadensis-editor.pdf) to Dr. Eda Kranakis, President CSTHA / président, AHSTC, Department of History, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5 (kranakis@uottawa.ca).


Poste à pourvoir – Rédacteur en chef*, Scientia Canadensis

*L’emploi du masculin vise uniquement à alléger le texte.

Date butoir : le 31 juillet 2014 (Download Call for Applications Editor-Redacteur Scientia Canadensis.doc)

The Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association / L’Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie au Canada (CSTHA-AHSTC) est à la recherche de candidats pour pourvoir le poste de rédacteur en chef de la revue Scientia Canadensis à compter de l’année 2015. Le mandat de ce poste bénévole a généralement une durée de cinq ans.

Envergure de la revue :Scientia Canadensis, la revue officielle de la CSTHA/AHSTC, vise à étendre nos connaissances sur l’histoire de la science, de la technologie et de la médecine au Canada. (Voir : http://cstha-ahstc.ca/scientia-canadensis/). La revue s’ouvre aussi aux articles comparatifs internationaux (par exemple, un numéro thématique inclut des articles sur la science et la technologie circumpolaire en Groenland, l’URSS, la Norvège, et le Canada). Depuis 1981, la revue scientifique évaluée par les pairs présente des articles de recherches originaux, des articles historiographiques, des notes de recherche plus courtes, des comptes rendus de lecture et des bibliographies. Depuis 2009, on peut la lire en ligne grâce à Érudit (http://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia), et à partir du volume 37 (2014), la revue sera publiée seulement dans un format « en ligne ».

Qualités requises : compétences particulières reconnues en histoire de la science, de la technologie ou de la médecine au Canada; compétences en gestion, en rédaction et en informatique et sens de l’organisation pour encadrer le cycle rédactionnel; vision convaincante de l’avenir de la revue; capacité d’attirer les publications de chercheurs établis ou de nouvelles collaborations; tact dans ses communications avec les auteurs; adhésion à la CSTHA/AHSTC et soutien de son établissement pour la durée du mandat. Le bilinguisme est un atout, mais n’est pas obligatoire.

Responsabilités principales : De façon générale, le rédacteur en chef est responsable du contenu intellectuel, de la qualité et de la rapidité de diffusion de l’information, de même que de la prospérité de la revue. Les tâches spécifiques peuvent inclure sans s’y limiter : conférer une vision claire à l’orientation de la revue; solliciter des articles de grande qualité auprès d’auteurs potentiels, sélectionner un bassin suffisant de pairs évaluateurs compétents et gérer l’examen des articles de façon à décider lesquels publier et d’aider les auteurs en ce sens; et représenter la revue à l’extérieur et lors de colloques. Le rédacteur en chef est de fait membre du Comité executif. Après sa nomination, le rédacteur en chef sélectionnera de huit à dix membres près à former le comité consultatif de la revue. L’exécutif de la CSTHA / AHSTC entérinera la nomination d’un comité consultatif.

Le rédacteur en chef travaillera en coopération avec le directeur général de la revue, monsieur Stéphane Castonguay, Ph.D. (qui est responsable de la production numérique), et avec la rédactrice des comptes rendus, Mme Jennifer Hubbard, Ph.D.

Procédure de dotation : Après la date butoir, les candidatures seront examinées par le comité exécutif de la CSTHA/AHSTC. Une candidature ne peut excéder cinq pages (sans compter le curriculum vitae) et doit comprendre : a) une lettre de présentation indiquant le nom du postulant, son affiliation et autres renseignements pertinents dont ceux attestant de ses aptitudes et compétences; b) un énoncé de vision de deux pages tout au plus exposant brièvement le point de vue du postulant sur les défis et les possibilités; les projets pour l’avenir de la revue; les tâches prévues et les différents jalons pour l’atteinte des objectifs, etc.; c) une déclaration de soutien de la part de son établissement, le cas échéant. Les candidats devraient traiter de comment ils entendent occuper le poste de rédacteur en chef à la lumière des ressources à leur disposition, selon toute probabilité. La CSTHA/AHSTC ne défraiera pas l’espace de bureau, le soutien administratif ou le congé pour activités professionnelles; d) son curriculum vitae, qui doit indiquer ses publications et son expérience en rédaction.

Les candidatures devraient être transmises par courriel si possible, en un seul fichier pdf (nom du fichier : nom de famille-Scientia-Canadensis-rédacteur.pdf). Prière d’envoyer à l’attention de Mme. Eda Kranakis, Ph.D., President CSTHA / présidente de l’AHSTC, Département d’Histoire, Université d’Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5 (kranakis@uottawa.ca)

Chaire de recherche du Canada de niveau 2 en histoire des politiques scientifiques et technologiques

L’université d’Ottawa et son Institut de recherche sur la science, la société et la politique publique (ISSP) sollicitent des candidatures pour une Chaire de recherche du Canada (CRC) de niveau 2 en histoire des politiques scientifiques et technologiques. Les recherches historiques portant sur l’innovation et les politiques canadiennes dans un contexte mondial seront privilégiées. L’ISSP veut s’imposer comme chef de file au Canada dans la recherche, l’enseignement et le transfert des connaissances en matière de science, de société et de politiques, ainsi qu’en tant qu’intervenant d’importance dans le dialogue international, surtout en ce qui concerne les technologies émergentes. Le ou la titulaire de cette chaire assumera un rôle de leadership et contribuera au renforcement des capacités de l’ISSP.


Les chaires de niveau 2, d’une durée de cinq ans et renouvelables une fois, sont destinées à de nouveaux chercheurs exceptionnels, reconnus par leurs pairs comme étant susceptibles de devenir des chefs de file dans leur domaine. Veuillez consulter les critères d’admissibilité sur le page web suivante : http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-fra.aspx#candidats.


Compétences requises : Un doctorat en histoire ou l’équivalent; un excellent dossier dans le ou les domaines de la CRC; un engagement envers l’enseignement aux cycles supérieurs; un dossier de candidature solide et un engagement envers la collaboration interdisciplinaire; d’excellentes aptitudes pour la communication orale et écrite en anglais ou en français, et une connaissance passive de l’autre langue officielle.


Rang et salaire : Poste professoral régulier menant à la permanence dans la faculté pertinente.


Date limite : le 31 mars 2014


Dossier de candidature : Les chercheuses et les chercheurs intéressés sont invités à soumettre un dossier contenant les informations suivantes :

  • Une lettre de présentation.
  • Un curriculum vitae à jour.
  • Un plan de recherche démontrant l’engagement du chercheur à l’excellence en recherche et une description des activités proposées correspondant aux objectifs de l’ISSP.
  • Une description des intérêts en enseignement.
    • Le nom et l’adresse courriel de trois personnes qui pourraient être contactées par l’université pour des lettres de recommandation.


Le processus de sélection se poursuivra jusqu’à ce que le poste soit pourvu. Nous ne communiquerons qu’avec les personnes convoquées en entrevue. Veuillez envoyer votre dossier de candidature par la poste, par service de messagerie ou par courriel (un seul document PDF de préférence ou un document format Word) à l’adresse suivante :





Madame Mona Nemer, vice-rectrice à la recherche

Université d’Ottawa, 75, Laurier Est

Ottawa ON, Canada K1N 6N5

Téléphone : 613-562-5270

Télécopieur : 613-562-5271



L’université d’Ottawa souscrit à l’égalité en matière d’emploi et encourage donc fortement les femmes, les autochtones, les membres des minorités visibles et les personnes handicapées à postuler. Le programme de chaires de recherche du Canada n’impose aucune restriction aux personnes candidates en ce qui concerne la nationalité ou le pays de résidence. Les procédures qui permettent aux titulaires de chaire non canadiens de travailler au Canada ont été établies par Ressources humaines et Développement des compétences Canada et par Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada.


L’Université d’Ottawa est fière de sa tradition de bilinguisme, vieille de plus de 160 ans. Par l’entremise de l’Institut des langues officielles et du bilinguisme, l’Université offre aux membres de son personnel et à leurs conjointes ou conjoints les moyens de devenir bilingues. Au moment de leur permanence, les professeures et professeurs sont tenus de pouvoir fonctionner dans un milieu bilingue. Dans certains cas, les professeurs doivent être aptes à enseigner dans les deux langues officielles afin d’obtenir la permanence.


Tier 2 CRC in History of Science and Technology Policy

The University of Ottawa and its Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) invite applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in history of science and technology policy. Preference will be given to researchers working on innovation and Canadian policies in a global context from an historical perspective. The aim of the ISSP is to be the leading institute in Canada for research, teaching and knowledge transfer in the area of science, society and policy, and a major contributor to international dialogue, particularly on the topic of emerging technologies. The chairholder will assume a leadership role and contribute to capacity building at the ISSP.

Tier 2 CRCs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. For more information regarding eligibility criteria, please consult the following webpage: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/nomination-mise_en_candidature-eng.aspx#nominees.

Required Qualifications: A PhD in History or equivalent, superior achievement in the CRC’s identified area(s), a commitment to teaching and graduate training, a strong track record in and a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, excellent communication skills in either English or French with a passive knowledge of the other official language.

Rank and salary: Regular academic tenure-track appointment in the relevant Faculty.


Deadline:  March 31, 2014


Application Package: Interested scholars are invited to submit an application consisting of the following:

  • A cover letter;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • A research plan demonstrating the applicant’s strong commitment to research excellence, with details on how this research plan will mesh with the goals of the ISSP;
  • A statement of teaching interests; and
  • The names and email addresses of three people who may be contacted  by the university for letters of reference.

The position will remain open until filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The application package should be sent by post, courier or email (a single PDF file is preferred, documents in Word format will also be accepted), to this address:

Dr. Mona Nemer, Vice-President, Research

University of Ottawa

550 Cumberland, room 246

Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Phone: 613-562-5270 / Fax: 613-562-5271


Scientia Canadensis: CFP: Energy and Society

Please find attached to this message a call for papers for an upcoming special issue of Scientia Candensis. This special issue under the topic ”Energy and Society in Canada” is scheduled to appear in the winter of 2015. All the relevant information (topics, format, due dates, contacts, etc) can be found is the call for papers. For any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Best regards,
Mahdi Khelfaoui and Yves Gingras, guest editors
Vous trouverez ci-joint un appel à contribution pour un numéro spécial à paraître de Scientia Canadensis. Ce numéro spécial aura pour thème «Énergie et Société» et paraîtra à l’hiver 2015. Toutes les informations (sujets, format, dates de tombée, contacts, etc) se trouvent dans l’appel à contribution. Pour des questions supplémentaires, n’hésitez pas à me contacter.
Mahdi Khelfaoui et Yves Gingras, éditeurs invités

In Memory of a Discipline Builder: Richard Adrian Jarrell (1946–2013)

By Yves Gingras

Richard Jarrell (credit unknown).

Richard Jarrell (credit unknown).

All historians of Canadian science, technology and medicine, as well as sociologists and others interested in these fields, could only be surprised and shocked upon learning that Richard Adrian Jarrell died suddenly on 28 December 2013.

Born in the United States on 29 August 1946, Richard was only 67 and still full of projects and too active to retire when he so suddenly passed away. After a Major in History and Minors in Astronomy and in History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University, he moved to Canada to attend the recently created (1967) Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. In 1972, he was among a first wave of PhD graduates from this institution, with a thesis on the well-known Tübingen astronomer, Michael Mästlin (1550–1631). From then on, his career would be linked with nearby York University, where he climbed the ladder from tutor and marker in 1970 to Assistant (1977–78), Associate (1978–90) and then Full Professor.

While maintaining an active interest in the history of 17th century astronomy, as his contributions to the General History of Astronomy, the Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution: Copernicus to Newton, and the Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics amply testify, he rapidly seized the opportunity to open a virgin field: the history of Canadian science. There had been, of course, papers on the past of Canadian science written here and there by active or retired scientists, including the 1938 volume A History of Science in Canada, edited by H.M. Tory, whose primary function was to show Americans that Canadians also had a scientific tradition. But it is fair to say that professional Canadian historians had never seen science and technology as a part of their research territory.

Still fresh from his PhD thesis, he published a paper in 1973 on “Science Education at the University of New Brunswick in the 19th Century” in the journal Acadiensis. Two years later his first paper on Canadian Astronomy appeared, which in turn led to his major book, The Cold Light of Dawn: A History of Canadian Astronomy, published by the University of Toronto Press in 1988.

What I have personally admired most about Richard’s academic contributions is the breadth of his understanding of Canadian history, which was not limited to its English-Canadian part, even less to Astronomy. His interests covered the history of Quebec science, as shown by his classic paper published in Social History/Histoire Sociale in 1977, “The Rise and Decline of Science in Quebec, 1824–1844.” He also made illuminating comparisons between Quebec and Ireland in his paper, “Colonialism and the Truncation of Science in Ireland and French Canada during the 19th Century,” published in HSTC Bulletin in 1981. One could also mention his work on technical education, which he was still polishing as a book, which I hope will be published, on agricultural and technical education in 19th century Ontario and Quebec. In recent years he moved again to new fields and published a fascinating paper on the birth of the Ontario Wine Industry in Ontario History in 2011. Most recently he started work on the history of skin cancer. Many participants at the Montreal meeting of our Society last November had the chance to hear him present the first results of this new endeavor.
In addition to his numerous papers, he also edited many books on Canadian science and technology as a way to promote the field. In 1974, he co-edited (the bizarrely titled) A Curious-Field-book: Science and Society in Canadian History with Trevor Levere, and this was followed in 1980 by edited volumes stemming from the first and second CSTHA meetings in Kingston (discussed further below). By the 1990s, Richard teamed up with a new generation of researchers, editing a book in 1991 with James P. Hull, containing their selection of the “best” papers from Scientia Canadensis. A year later it would be my turn to work closely with Richard to publish a volume in 1992 devoted to the role of the National Research Council in building Canadian science.

For most of those who have known Richard, his name will remain first and foremost attached to his many contributions toward building Canadian history of science and technology as a legitimate field of research and teaching. We have noted that his edited volumes had this function, and as a fine organizer, Richard also knew that the future of the history of Canadian science and technology could only be secured through the establishment of the basic institutional mechanisms that define disciplines: an academic journal and a scholarly association. His institution-building efforts began in 1976, in cooperation with Arnold Roos, with the launching of the HSTC Bulletin. Journal of the History of Canadian, Science, Technology and Medicine. This bulletin became, in 1985, Scientia Canadensis. Richard served as editor of the HSTC Bulletin and then the founding editor of Scientia Canadensis, and he continued to serve in that position through the 1980s. With regard to the need for a scholarly association, Richard initially turned to the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science. However, although serving on that society’s Executive Committee (1972–75) and holding the position of First Vice President (1981–84), he understood that interest in Canadian topics was marginal in that organization and that the field would never grow on such a terrain. Therefore, together with several colleagues he founded the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CHSTA) in 1980, and he remained its Secretary-Treasurer until 1991.

Together with journals and professional societies, scholarly meetings are also an essential means to stimulate research and discussion. Here again Richard was at the center of action in building the field of Canadian history of science and technology. He co-organized the first meeting specially devoted to the history of Canadian, science, technology and medicine in Kingston in 1978 and that meeting — christened the “Kingston Conference” in honor of that founding event — was followed regularly every two years under the firm guidance of Richard, until 1991. Moreover, he took action to preserve and diffuse the results of the early meetings. In 1980, he co-edited the proceedings of the first CSTHA meeting in Kingston with his colleague Norman R. Ball, and then teamed up with Arnold Roos to edit the fruits of the Second, 1981, Kingston Conference under the title Critical Issues in the History of Canadian Science, Technology and Medicine. Eventually Scientia Canadensis became the principal venue for conference papers emanating from the biannual meetings, thus overcoming the need for an ongoing series of edited books.

As editor of the HSTC Bulletin and of Scientia Canadensis, Richard was always looking out for potential papers while attending conferences. It is in this context that I first met him in Montreal in June 1980 during the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science, where I presented a talk on the reception of Quantum Mechanics at McGill University during the 1920s. I was then a graduate student at the Institut d’histoire et de sociopolitique des sciences at University of Montreal, and I was surprised that anyone could be interested in publishing my paper! Richard was not the kind of professor to play the mandarin or the-guy-who-knows-better and he did not look upon us as mere students but as researchers. We naturally became friends through our regular meetings at the Kingston Conferences, which (as far as I remember) he never missed.

At the end of the 1980s, convinced that the institutions he helped so much to foster had now grown up (the journal, meetings, and the Association), he passed the hand to a younger generation. James Hull and myself took the editorship of Scientia Canadensis in 1989 and to properly recognize his labor of love, Richard was named Editor emeritus in 1992. The following year he was named Honorary Life Member of our Association, the CHSTA, after he finally stepped down as Secretary-Treasurer in 1991.

Thanks to the breadth of his knowledge on Canadian and Quebec history of science, he has always helped us here in Montreal in participating as external examiner for many Master and PhD theses. Interestingly he was on the jury of the PhD thesis of Quebec’s best known figures in history of science: Raymond Duchesne (1984), Robert Gagnon (1989) and Stéphane Castonguay (1998). Most recently, in September 2013, he was part of the jury for the thesis defense of my student Matthew Wallace on the history of climate science in Canada.

In addition to actively promoting academic research on Canadian topics across the country, Richard made tireless contributions to his home institution. He headed York University’s STS program as its coordinator since 2011; he played a central role in the development of its graduate program in the larger field of STS; and, assisted by his colleagues, he led the recent effort to create an STS Department at York, the only one in Canada. The new Department will begin its operations in July 2014.

As if all that were not enough, Richard was a very active citizen in his local community of Thornhill-Markham. His passion for horticulture made him a member of the Thornhill Garden and Horticultural Society and, as one could guess, its Vice-president (2000–02) and then President (2003–04), only to return again for a second round of service as Second and First Vice-President since 2011. His generous involvement in his community was recognized twice through the Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2002 and 2004, the year in between being filled by the Ontario Heritage Conservation Award offered to him in 2003.

Reflecting on the amazing diversity of all his activities, academic as well as civic, that filled a truly full life, I can only conclude that Richard’s true passion — and mission — was to plant seeds in a good soil, nurture them and closely follow their growth to fruition until they could live their own lives. As a father of two sons, he himself found his true roots in Canada where he will be remembered as an important Discipline and Community Builder. We lost his physical presence, but his memory is now preserved through the institutions he helped to create and nurture and which will continue to bear new fruits as long as we nourish them.

Arnold Roos adds the following vignette to Yves Gingras’ account of Richard Jarrell’s role in the founding of the CSTHA:

“Richard and I were revising some aspects of the CSHPS (Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science) constitution over a bottle of wine and we wondered if we could write a constitution on one page, which we managed to do. As we had a one page constitution, we decided to start the society (the CSTHA) and elected ourselves as President (in which capacity I served 6 years) and Sec.-Treasurer (in which capacity Richard served almost double that time). Richard himself also wrote about the early history of the CSTHA and this can be found in Scientia Canadensis, Vol. 11, No. 1 (32), 1987, pp. 37-45.