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Doug Hoffman

About the Interviewee: 
Ont. soil survey; faculty OAC (Soil Science); Dir. Centre Resources Development, U of G; Dir. School of Planning, U of Waterloo

Doug grew up in Toronto and entered OAC in the fall of 1939. From 1942 to 1945, he was a wireless telegrapher in the Navy, returning to OAC in the fall and graduating in the spring of 1946 in the Chemistry option. He joined the Department of Soils on the soil survey and obtained his MSA in 1949. He transferred to the Federal Soil Survey programme working out of the Soils Department, then rejoined the Faculty of the Soils Department in 1962. He was responsible for developing the Soil Capability for Agriculture as part of the Canada Land Inventory programme, which rated all soils in Ontario for their capability for agriculture. He obtained his PhD from the University of Waterloo in which he established the relation between crop yield and the capability ratings. From 1974 to 1978, he was Director of the Centre for Resources Development at the University of Guelph, then became Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo, retiring in 1984.

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College : 
Interview Date: 
M. Miller
Call Number: 
RE1 UOG A1340163