This Week in History
Nothing Could Stop Alice Wilson!
For the week of Monday December 24, 2012
On December 30, 1947, an article in the Ottawa Journal sang the praises of Alice Wilson, one of Canada’s first female geologists. Inspired by the mysteries of the earth’s surface, she pursued lifelong research that furthered our knowledge of Canadian geology.
Wishing to further her research by collecting samples, Wilson repeatedly asked to go into the field, but the GSC refused. Her superiors asserted that women did not belong in the field. Undaunted, Wilson persisted. Although she had to work alone, she surveyed the lowlands of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers, an area of approximately 26,000 square kilometres. Her field work enabled her to publish some 50 academic works in the course of her career, minutely detailing the region’s geology.
Alice Wilson retired in 1946, but continued to work as a consultant for governments and oil companies. Her career contributed not only to enriching Canadian geology, but to the advancement of women in science and the federal public service.
Alice Evelyn Wilson is a designated national historic person.
- Date Modified: