Newton, Margaret National Historic Person

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Portrait of Margaret Newton © Expired; This Week in History
© Expired; This Week in History
Portrait of Margaret Newton © Expired; This Week in HistoryView of the HSMBC plaque © Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 2010 (Blair Philpott)
Address : 195 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1997-09-22
Life Date: 1887 to 1971

Other Name(s):
  • Newton, Margaret  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 1996-015

Importance: Contributed to scientific information on rust-resistant grains, rust diseases and wheat stem rust


Existing plaque: University of Manitoba 195 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Margaret Newton advanced global knowledge of rust diseases. When she began her undergraduate research on wheat stem rust in 1917 very little was known about this fungus which was devastating Canadian wheat crops. By the time she retired as senior plant pathologist at the Dominion Rust Research Laboratory in Winnipeg in 1945, Dr. Newton's investigations into the genetic makeup and life cycle of stem rust had contributed discoveries essential to the breeding of disease-resistant grains. Her groundbreaking work attracted the attention of scientists from grain-growing countries around the world.