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Registration for Three Societies Meeting Open

A note from the organizers of the Three Societies Meeting

Register now for the Three Societies Meeting.  This gathering of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and the History of Science Society brings together historians of science every four years for a major international conference.  This conference will take place June 22-25, 2016, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

We are excited to welcome you to Edmonton, capital of the Province of Alberta and one of Canada’s major cities.  June is an ideal time to visit Edmonton, one of the sunniest places in Canada, with over 17 hours of daylight at the summer solstice and average temperatures of 22C/72F.  Edmonton is also known as a Festival City – during June we have The Works Art and Design Festival (June 17-29), The Edmonton International Jazz Festival (June 17-26), and Free Will Players (Shakespeare in the park – Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost  – June 21–July 17).
We have an exciting program taking shape.  There are a wide range of affordable housing options, and lots of time to meet your fellow historians of science in a relaxed atmosphere.

We are planning a wonderful reception in our newly renovated Art Gallery (exhibitions planned include  7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. and Unvarnished Truth: exploring the material history of painting).  And a great final banquet – and we promise no speeches!

You can access the special conference rates for the hotels both before and after the conference (from June 19-27), in case you want to do a bit more exploring.  We will also provide you with links to make your own arrangements for other travel in the area such as: to the Rocky Mountains and Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise or the Columbia Icefields; to the Alberta Badlands and Royal Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum; or to the Oil Sands in Fort McMurray.

Register at https://uofa.ualberta.ca/arts/research/3-societies-meeting

Early bird rates until April 15th.

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2015 Best Student Papers

Best student papers awards / Prix pour les meilleurs présentations étudiantes

Greetings Colleagues / Chers collègues,

We were so pleased to see many of you come out for our biennial conference held at York University from 6 to 8 November. The Programme Committee did a wonderful job of putting together some thought-provoking and interesting presentations. In total, we had just under 50 presenters, and the Association is pleased to announce the winners of the two prizes for best student papers presented during the conference. Nous étions ravis de vous voir présents en si grand nombre lors de notre dernière conférence biennale qui s’est tenue à l’Université York du 6 au 8 novembre dernier. Le comité organisateur a réalisé un excellent travail en réunissant des communications intéressantes et stimulantes. Au total, nous avons eu un peu moins de 50 communications et l’association est heureuse d’annoncer les noms des deux étudiants ayant obtenu des prix pour les meilleures présentations durant la conférence.

The Royal Society Prize was awarded to Brendan Cull for his paper “Early Canadian Photographic Botanicals at the Exposition Universelle,
Paris 1867”. Brendan has just obtained a Masters in Art History from Queen’s University. Le Prix de la Société Royale du Canada a été attribué à Brendan Cull pour sa présentation “Early Canadian Photographic Botanicals at the Exposition Universelle, Paris 1867”. Brendan vient de compléter sa maîtrise en histoire de l’art à l’Université Queen’s.

Brendan Cull

The CSTHA Prize was awarded to Anne Millar for her paper “Women of Impact in the Materials, Metallurgy, and Mining Field in Canada”. Anne is
currently completing her PhD thesis at the University of Ottawa. Le Prix de l’AHSTC a été atribué à Ann Millar pour sa présentation “Women
of Impact in the Materials, Metallurgy, and Mining Field in Canada”. Anne effectue actuellement sa thèse de doctorat à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Anne Millar

2015 Jarrell Prize / Prix Jarrell: Eda Kranakis

The CSTHA is pleased to announce the first winner of the Jarrell Prize for the best article published in Scientia Canadensis. Dr. Eda Kranakis, professor of history at the University of Ottawa, received the award for her article “Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance.

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From the awards committee:

“Dr. Kranakis’s article analyzes the mass media’s coverage of science in Canada (specifically, the Globe and Mail’s coverage of “peak oil theory”). It is unique in its combined usage of both historical methodology and media theory, while drawing from a multitude of sources ranging from historical to journalistic to economical in focus. Her survey is comprehensive and her argument, that the Globe and Mail systematically constructed ignorance on the subject of peak oil by framing it as an ongoing theory rather than an established, growing body of scientific knowledge, is insightful and original — and raising important questions about the responsibilities of the mass media in disseminating scientific knowledge to the general public.”

The Jarrell Prize was established in 2015 in honour of a founding member of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association, Dr. Richard Jarrell, who passed away in 2013.

Prix Jarrell

L’AHSTC est heureuse d’annoncer le premier récipiendaire du Prix Jarrell, attribué au meilleur article publié dans Scientia Canadensis ces deux dernières années. Eda Kranakis, professeur d’histoire à l’Université d’Ottawa, a reçu le prix pour son article “Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance.

Du comité de sélection:

“Dr. Kranakis’s article analyzes the mass media’s coverage of science in Canada (specifically, the Globe and Mail’s coverage of “peak oil theory”). It is unique in its combined usage of both historical methodology and media theory, while drawing from a multitude of sources ranging from historical to journalistic to economical in focus. Her survey is comprehensive and her argument, that the Globe and Mail systematically constructed ignorance on the subject of peak oil by framing it as an ongoing theory rather than an established, growing body of scientific knowledge, is insightful and original — and raising important questions about the responsibilities of the mass media in disseminating scientific knowledge to the general public.”

Le Prix Jarrell a été créé en 2015 en l’honneur du Pr. Richard Jarrell, un membre fondateur de l’Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie au Canada, qui nous a malheureusement quitté en 2013.

CFP – Eighth Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS, 22-25 June 2016, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Submission deadline extended to 10 December 2015.

Eighth Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS

22-25 June 2016, University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The eighth joint meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, and the History of Science Society will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Previous successful meetings were in Philadelphia (2012), Oxford (2008), Halifax, Nova Scotia (2004), St Louis (2000), Edinburgh (1996), Toronto (1992), and Manchester (1988).

The theme of the meeting will be ‘Transitions.’  Although presenters are not confined to this theme, the Program Committee is seeking papers or sessions that reflect this theme and encourages participants to consider the broader scientific, scholarly and social implications associated with moments of scientific transition. Transitions might include such ideas as moving from one scientific meme to another, one locality to another or generational change.

The programme will include themed sessions, plenary lectures and panels. A typical presentation will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions, but special sessions such as round tables and panels will be accommodated.

The conference will take place at the University of Alberta. Founded in 1905, U of A is located in Edmonton, Canada’s most northern major city. Edmonton is known as the ‘Gateway to the North’ and is the capital of the province. It is a major economic and cultural hub, situated on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. The conference will include education and outreach activities, a reception at the Art Gallery of Alberta and a Conference Dinner. Delegates can explore the vibrant arts scene, and there are many festivals in June, including the Edmonton International Jazz Festival. Accommodation is available on campus and near campus. Information on accommodation is available on the conference website.

The Programme Committee welcomes proposals for sessions or individual papers based around the conference theme from researchers at all stages of their careers. Participation is in no way limited to members of the three organising societies, but there will be a discount for members.  Intending participants should also note that the usual HSS rules concerning presenting at successive conferences do not apply to this meeting.

The EXTENDED deadline for submitting a session or paper proposal is 10 December 2015.

Full details of how to submit your session or abstract can be found at:

www.uab.ca/3societies

Enquiries concerning the program should be directed to: aede@ualberta.ca

Enquiries concerning the conference should be directed to: threesocieties2016@ualberta.ca

Job Posting: History of Technology, University of Toronto

The Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto wishes to request that the members of the CSTHA be made aware of the following academic job announcement:

The position is Assistant Professor – History of Technology, tenure stream.  The deadline for applications is September 30, 2015.

The job description can be found at  https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1500725

Scientia Canadensis v37 n1-2 online

Hello CSTHA-AHSTC members,

The most recent issue of Scientia Canadensis, volume 37 number 1-2, is now available online at Erudit. Here is the official link http://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia/2014/v37/n1-2/index.html  for those with access via institutional subscriptions. We are working on providing access for individual members.

Here’s what you can look forward too:

  • Mahdi Khelfaoui (Guest Editor), Introduction: Énergie et société au Canada
  • Henry Vivian Nelles, Light Switch: Towards a History of the Second Enlightenment
  • Christopher D. Conway, Ontario’s Electrical Future: Global Environmental Limits, Systems Thinking, and Electrical Power Planning in Ontario, 1974-1983
  • Jack Lucas, How Hydro Ontario Went Local: The Creation of Local Districts and the Ontario Central System
  • Mark Sholdice, “It is the finest piece of government work that I know of anywhere”: The Influence of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario on the Giant Power Survey of Pennsylvania, 1923-1927
  • Mahdi Khelfaoui, Le nucléaire dans la stratégie énergétique du Québec, 1963-2012
  • Eda Kranakis, Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance
  • 31 pages of book reviews!

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: https://cstha-ahstc.ca/conference-colloque-2015/

**Please disseminate widely**

Warm regards,
Dorotea

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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:
https://cstha-ahstc.ca/conference-colloque-2015/

N’hésitez pas à faire circuler l’information.

Sincèrement,
Dorotea

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 https://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).

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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 : https://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)

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.
 
Cordialement,
 
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.