Hadwen-Walker Scholarship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Isaac Seymour Andre Hadwen,born 1877, England, educated there and in France, worked on the family farm,Vancouver Island with an early interest in natural history, animals plushunting and fishing. He graduated from McGill 1902, Doctor of VeterinaryScience. Subsequently he studied under a medical microbiologist in San Franciscoand continued the practice of mentorship plus experience vs. post graduatedegree programs throughout his life. He joined the Health of Animals Branch,Nelson, B.C. as veterinary inspector, then various positions to chief of Animalpathology, Ottawa. Dr. Hadwen was chief veterinarian and parasitologist in U.S.Government reindeer study, Alaska, and research professor, UniversitySaskatchewan to 1929.
Thereafter he directed thepathology and veterinary science program of the Ontario Research Foundation; heretired 1942 and died 5 years later. Hadwen authored 70 papers, 45 of which were inparasitology. He had a special interest in ticks and tick-transmitted diseases.he investigated trypanosomes, warble fly life cycle and also several diseasesunrelated to parasites: mastitis in cattle, bracken fern poisoning in cattle,swamp fever, enzootic hermaturia. He identified tuberculosis in the Wainrightbison herd before it was transferred to Wood Buffalo Park. Hadwen was themost-honoured veterinarian of his time.
Edmund Murton Walker becamelecturer in Zoology in the Biology Department headed by Professor R. RamsayWright. Edmund Walker was involved concurrently with the Royal Ontario Museumof Zoology and as such collected widely, including marine specimens at thePacific Biological Station. On the sudden death of Benjamin A. Bensley, 1934,Walker was the very popular choice for head of the department of Biology. Hewas gentle and gracious friendly to faculty and students and had an excellentknowledge of Zoology. His lectures were daunting but well organized andbeautifully illustrated on blackboard and in notes. He was a capable mimic,reproducing insect soundsin a popularlecture. As head Walker expanded the department inot new aspects of biology. Heretired in 1948 and there after worked on the systematics of the dragonflies,published in three volumes, "The Odonata of Canada and Alaska."