Series 001 - Academic Qualifications

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Academic Qualifications

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CA CCA MC673-001

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  • 1931-1992 (Creation)
  • 1931-1992 (Creation)
    Mawson, Colin

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2 cm of textual records

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Colin Mawson was born in Sheffield, England, 22 October 1908, the son of James and Florence Mawson, he had a younger sister Joan Brenda Mawson. He was educated at Kings School, Peterborough, Central Secondary School, Sheffield, and the Central High School, Manchester. He won the Burley scholarship and attended Manchester University, he earned his BSc. Hons. in Chemistry, 1929, his MSc. in Organic Chemistry, 1930, and his PhD. in Physiology,1933. He worked at the Royal Cancer Hospital Research Institute, London, through as a Sir Halley Stewart Fellow,1933-34. He was engaged in cancer research, essentially a continuation of his PhD. research in chemical physiology i.e. muscle and tumour metabolism. During the next three years he held a research fellowship at the Westminster Hospital Medical School where he also worked on the Rous Fowl Sarcoma virus and tumour immunity. He then took up the position of Clinical Biochemist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. He was in charge of the Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory. Colin, in addition to the direction of routine work and development of methods, he carried out research on control of diabetes and thyroid disorders, liver function tests, blood clotting, ascorbic acid metabolism and control of dosage of sulphonamides as well as collaborating in various clinical and pathological research projects. He also took part in nutritional investigations for the Ministry of food. Colin also served as an officer in the Home Guard, 1940-44. until the Mawson family emigrated to Canada in 1949. He was then employed by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, at Chalk River, as a senior research officer 1949-56. Colin worked out a method for estimating fission products in urine and engaged in research on the significance of zinc in the male genital system. The latter subject occupied him until 1956, when following the death of Dr. A.J. Cipriani, he acted as interim Director of the Biology Division until the appointment of Dr. G.C. Butler. He was then appointed Branch Head of the newly formed Environmental Research Branch and held that position until he retired. From 1954 until 1956 he was in charge of Waste Management at Chalk River. He was relieved of that responsibility in 1965 when AECL agreed with him that there was a conflict of interest with his responsibilities as director of research in environmental safety. He published approx. 80 papers in the scientific literature, and two books, ‘Management of Radioactive Wastes’, 1965, Van Nostrand, and ‘The story of Radioactivity’ 1969, Prentice Hall.
He served on the Atomic Energy Control Board’s (AECB) Reactor Safety Advisory Committee for over twenty years. He served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Radioactive Waste Management committee, and on various study panels. He also had a role in the Porter Commission on electric power planning. He acted as a consultant for both the AECB and AECL and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.
In 1994, Colin and Elinor moved to a nursing home in Thornhill, Ontario to be closer to their daughter Beatrice. However, Beatrice died in March 1977 and Elinor died in 2006. Colin Mawson today lives in a nursing home in Toronto, and his nephew Colin Kenning Marchant looks after his well being.

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Series consists of the academic certificates of Elinor, her daughter Beatrice, and Colin’s younger sister Brenda.

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  • English

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Charlotte County Achives 2E1

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