William Ewart Taylor, Jr

Wiliam Ewart Taylor, Jr, archaeologist (b at Toronto 21 Nov 1927; d at Ottawa 13 Nov 1994). Former director of the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MAN (now CANADIAN MUSEUM OF CIVILIZATION ) and past president of the SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA, Taylor was the first Canadian to specialize in the archaeology of the Canadian Arctic. He was educated at the University of Toronto, the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan. In 1950 he made his first trip to the Arctic with archaeologist Henry B. Collins of the Smithsonian Institution, inspiring a fascination with the Far North and its people which would last all of his life. Important contributions include The Arnapik and Tyara Sites (1968), which demonstrated cultural continuity between two important early Arctic cultures - DORSET and PRE-DORSET - and his work on early THULE CULTURE sites throughout the Central and Western Arctic. A veteran of nearly 20 field seasons and the recipient of many honours in his lifetime, Taylor exulted most in his INUIT name Tunikshiuti ("he who searches after the old ones").