Alice Evelyn Wilson

Alice Evelyn Wilson, palaeontologist (b at Cobourg, Ont 26 Aug 1881; d at Ottawa 15 Apr 1964). Educated at Toronto and Chicago, Wilson spent all her professional career, 1909-46, with the GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF CANADA, from museum assistant to geologist. She was the recognized authority on the Palaeozoic formations of eastern Ontario, which she recorded for distribution, stratigraphy and structure. She described the fossils, mostly of Ordovician age, in numerous papers and monographs. Through lectures, field trips, publications and museum exhibits she brought geology to the general public, especially the children. In 1937 she was elected a fellow of the Royal Soc of Canada, the first woman to receive that honour.