Charlotte Gray, historian (born in England). Prior to immigrating to Canada from England in 1979, Charlotte Gray attended Oxford University, earning a BA in modern history and later pursuing post-graduate work at the London School of Economics.
Charlotte Gray, historian (born in England). Prior to immigrating to Canada from England in 1979, Charlotte Gray attended Oxford University, earning a BA in modern history and later pursuing post-graduate work at the London School of Economics. Once in Canada she wrote for several Canadian newspapers and magazines such as Chatelaine, Report on Business, the Financial Post magazine, and Saturday Night. She also commentated for CBC radio and television, and TV Ontario. Her TV work included a 2004 documentary on Sir John A. Macdonald for CBC (Gray was a strong advocate for Macdonald's nomination as the greatest Canadian in the CBC series The Greatest Canadian.)
Gray has been extensively involved in peer review, judging for the 2004 Giller Award for Fiction, the 2005 Drainie-Taylor Award for Memoir and Biography, and the 2008 Charles Taylor Award for Literary Non-Fiction. Gray is currently an adjunct research professor at Carleton University's Department of History.
Charlotte Gray's numerous bestselling history books have offered readers glimpses into Canada's past, and several have won awards: her first book, Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King, won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the Canadian Authors Association/Birks Foundation Award for Non-fiction in 1998, was nominated for the Viacom Award and a Governor-General's Award, and was made into a CBC documentary in 2004; in 2000 Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill won the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for the best non-fiction book of that year, and the Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History; and in 2002 Flint & Feather: The Life and Times of E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake won the University of British Columbia Medal for Biography and the Drummer General Award for Non-Fiction. The Museum Called Canada, published in 2004, won the Canadian Authors Association Lela Common Award for History.
Gray's contribution to Canadian history has been recognized by several honours and awards. In 2003, she received the Pierre Berton Award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and she has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa, Queen's University, York University and Mount Saint Vincent University.