Hayes, F. Ronald

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Born:             29 Apr 1904, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

Died:              6 Sep 1982, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Field:             Oceanographer



As chairman of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 1964–69, Hayes guided its expansion and increased links with the universities through grants and research collaboration. His book The Chaining of Prometheus (1973) explored the subordination of Canadian science to governmental administration. Trained as a zoologist and chemical embryologist at Dalhousie and Liverpool universities (1922-29), he was associate, then full, professor, of zoology at Dalhousie (1930-64), founder and first director of its Institute of Oceanography (1959-64) and vice-president, academic (1963-64). His research using radioisotopes to study lake processes influenced many students. Hayes returned to Dalhousie as Killam research professor in 1969, founding its Institute of Environmental Studies in 1974; the Institute has evolved into the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Hayes was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1946; he also received several honorary degrees, including from Liverpool (D.Sc., 1948) and Dalhousie (LL.D., 1965).


Eric L. Mills: The Canadian Encyclopedia – FR Hayes

Marble, Allan E.: Nova Scotians at Home and Abroad.  Lancelot Press, Windsor, Nova Scotia, 1977.