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Earl MacNaughton

About the Interviewee: 
Faculty Dept of Physics 1948- 1966; Head- 1952 –1966; Assoc. Dean of Science, Wellington Coll. 1966-1969; Dean of Physical Science UofG 1970-1981

Earl MacNaughton was born on a farm near Maple, ON, but moved to the village when quite young, attended Public School there and traveled by train to high school in Aurora. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1941 where he majored in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. He was recruited to teach Electronics and Physics to Armed Services personnel and even got to teach in the old Physics building on the Guelph campus.

He joined the Navy and did operational research for about two years to the end of WWII. He returned to the University of Toronto and completed his Ph.D. in the fall of 1948 and was recruited to the Physics Dept. at Guelph and taught his first course to War Veterans in the OAC class of 1949. He continued to teach several different courses, including Electronics, Basic Physics, Statistics and Mathematics, and eventually became Head of the Physics Dept. when Prof. Moffat retired. After the University of Guelph was formed, he was made Associate Dean of Science in Wellington College and later Dean of Physical Sciences when it became one of the seven Colleges at Guelph.

 Since Earl MacNaughton did so much teaching, recruited many faculty and staff personnel, helped design the Physical Sciences building (now MacNaughton) and was so involved with administrative responsibilities during his career and after retirement, he provided considerable information on the happenings at OAC and the University of Guelph during the interview.

College : 
Interview Date: 
M. Brown
Call Number: 
RE1 UOG A1340153