Bell, Robert

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Bell, Robert

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1841-1917

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Robert Bell (1841-1917) was a scientist, professor, civil servant, and Acting Director for the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), who, most notably, named over 3,000 geographical features in Canada. Dr Bell earned a civil engineering degree from McGill University in 1861, and later, while working working for the GSC, earned a medical degree from McGill University in 1878. Between the years of 1863 and1867, Bell was a chemistry and natural sciences professor at Queen's College, now Queen's University, but continued to do fieldwork for the GSC during the summers, as he had done since 1856. In 1867, he began to work full time for the GSC and became its Acting Director in 1901. Altogether, Bell worked for the GSC for 52 years until his retirement in 1908.
More information on Robert Bell can be found in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.

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