Toronto, Ontario — Central Canada
Sir Daniel Wilson
A scholar of diverse interests and talents, Daniel Wilson was noted in Britain as the author and illustrator of studies of old Edinburgh and of Scottish prehistory. In 1853 he was appointed to the chair of history and English literature at the University of Toronto. Wilson introduced history, English and anthropology courses at the university and was active in the Canadian Institute, a leading scientific society. He vigorously defended the university's independence against political interference and sectarian religious interests. As president of University College (1880-1892), Wilson was deeply involved in debates surrounding university federation and the admission of women. In 1890 he became the first president of the federated University of Toronto.
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Homme cultivé, aux intérêts et aux talents multiples, Daniel Wilson s’était fait connaître en Angleterre comme auteur et illustrateur d’ouvrages sur le vieil Edimbourg et sur le prehistoire écossaise. En 1853, il obtient la chaire d’histoire et de littérature anglaise à l’Université de Toronto. Il y introduit des cours d’histoire, d’anglais, et d’anthropologie et joue une grande rôle au sein de l’Institute canadien, société savante
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Location. 43° 39.747′ N, 79° 23.796′ W. Marker is in Toronto, Ontario. Marker can be reached from Kings College Circle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Macdonald-Mowat House (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Charles William Jefferys (about 210 meters away); The Discovery of Insulin (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); William Arthur Parks 1868-1936 (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Charles Trick Currelly 1876-1957 (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Canadian Airmen Monument South African War Memorial (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); The Bishop’s Palace 1818 (approx. 2.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toronto.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a pole at the fork of a walking path connecting the front and back campus, in the courtyard behind the Daniel Wilson student residence building, on the University of Toronto Campus.
Also see . . . Daniel Wilson. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online's biography of Wilson. ..Time has played strange tricks with the reputation of this self-taught, eclectic polymath. Wilson has been remembered in Britain as a man of science and letters and as a radical pioneer in Scottish prehistory, but in Canada his career as a university statesman who fought against denominational control and political interference was judged most important, while his scholarship in history, anthropology, and ethnology was treated as incidental. ... (Submitted on October 17, 2010.)
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