Edmund Merton Walker Scholarship In Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

WalkerEdmundMerton Walker was the eldest song of Sir Byron Edmund Walker, banker,philanthropist, University of Toronto senator, governor, chairman of the board,chancellor and helped found the Royal Ontario Museum.

As a freshman, EdmundWalker "fell under the spell of Professor Ramsay Wright's famous course offirst year lectures." He Graduated Arts, 1900 and Medicine, 1903, then spent a year atUniversity of Berlin.

In 1934 Walker was appointed head of the Department ofBiology. He had many attributes that endeared him to students and faculty:friendly personality, enthusiastic outdoorsman, highly knowledgeable withrespect to invertebrates, made fine free blackboard drawings and his notes wereartistically illustrated. Walker's appointment was popular both within theUniversity and in the external community with recognition that his advancementwas due to his own abilities and unrelated to his father's position within theuniversity. Walker commenced the "democratization" of the department, holdingperiodic meetings of the faculty to discuss matters of policy, a practiceunheard of under previous heads of the department. Walker was reputed to havecollected more specimens in more different parts of the country than any otherCanadian zoologist. His discovery of a primitive insect, which he named Grylloblatta,high in the Rocky Mountains attracted wide interest.

As head of Biology, Walker expanded the department with new faculty positionsin physiology (termed ‘Experimental Biology"), histology, human biology,invertebrate zoology, forest entomology and biology for premedical students. In1941 the name of the department was changed to Zoology. Professor Walkerretired in 1948 and continues his research on dragonflies at the ROM or anotherdecade and a half, culminating in the 3-volumes of "The Odonata of Canada andAlaska"

EdmundWalker bequeathed an undergraduate Scholarship that bears his name.