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June 15 , 2009

Ian McTaggart-Cowan

The Legacy of a Pioneering Biologist, Educator and Conservationist


A born naturalist, Ian McTaggart-Cowan grew up exploring the woods around his North Vancouver home and went on to embrace his passion and energize others with his enthusiasm and knowledge. He greatly influenced scientific research and conservation within the province and beyond.
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Ian McTaggart-Cowan contributed significantly to UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s natural history collections and as a gifted and caring Professor of Zoology at UBC he motivated his students to dedicate themselves to expanding our biological knowledge. Early in his career with the Royal British Columbia Museum, McTaggart-Cowan led several pioneering biological explorations within the province.

In 1971, he was awarded the Order of Canada for his efforts, and in 1991 he received the Order of British Columbia. McTaggart-Cowan died in April 2010, shortly before his one hundredth birthday-his legacy an endowment to the world that so enthralled him.

With over three hundred photographs, testimonials from those he mentored, and descriptions of those who galvanized him, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Ian McTaggart-Cowan’s life and the evolution of conservation in the province. It also includes explanations both of his major works and the theses of his students. Originally intended as his centenary birthday gift, Ian McTaggart-Cowan: The Legacy of a Pioneering Biologist, Educator and Conservationist is a tribute to, and celebration of, a man who has left a rich and enduring legacy for a province, this nation, and our world.
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