Kenneth Hare


Biography of Kenneth Hare

Fredrick Kenneth Hare (February 5, 1919 – September 3, 2002) was a Canadian climatologist and academic, who researched atmospheric carbon dioxide, climate change, drought, and arid zone climates and was a strong advocate for preserving the natural environment.

Born in Wiltshire, England, he received a Bachelor of Science in 1939 from King's College London. During World War II he was a meteorologist with the UK Air Ministry. After the war, he joined McGill University as an assistant professor. In 1950 he received a PhD in Geography from the Université de Montréal. From 1962 to 1964 he was dean of arts and science at McGill. Returning to England in 1964, he was Master of Birkbeck College from 1966 to 1968. He served as president of the Royal Meteorological Society from 1967 to 1968.

In 1968 he accepted the position as fifth president of the University of British Columbia which he served until he resigned in 1969. In 1969 he joined the University of Toronto (U of T) becoming a Professor of geography and physics in 1974. From 1974 to 1979 he was director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the U of T. From 1979 until 1986 he was Provost of Trinity College. From 1988 to 1995 he was the sixth Chancellor of Trent University. From 1992 until his death in 2002, he chaired Canada's national Climate Program Planning Board.

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