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Order of Canada
William Maxwell Cameron, C.M., Ph.D.
West Vancouver, British Columbia [Canada]
Member of the Order of Canada
Awarded on October 30, 2003; Invested on May 14, 2004
William Cameron's vision and leadership were instrumental to the growth and development of oceanography in Canada. While at the University of British Columbia in the 1950s, he helped to develop the Institute of Oceanography. Best known for his Arctic research and hydrographic surveys, he served as chief scientist for the Canada - U.S. Beaufort Sea Expeditions. As a science administrator with the federal government, he oversaw the establishment of a number of research institutions, including the Institute of Ocean Sciences, the Canadian Centre for Inland Waters and the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Canada's largest centre for ocean research.
Deceased on July 4, 2008