(1820–99), geologist, paleontologist, educator. Dawson imbibed Scottish culture in Pictou, Nova Scotia, where his father was an immigrant merchant and bookseller. An evangelical Presbyterian, Dawson attended Rev. Thomas McCulloch's Pictou Academy. He then pursued natural history, especially geology, at the University of Edinburgh, 1840–1, as Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology (1830–3) reshaped that science. After Dawson guided Lyell through Nova Scotia's great coalbeds (1842), Lyell became his lifelong mentor.
From The Oxford Companion to Canadian History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: History of the Americas.