E. R. Ward Neale

E. R. Ward Neale
Born Ernest Richard Ward Neale
(1923-07-03)July 3, 1923
Beaconsfield, Québec
Died May 20, 2008(2008-05-20) (aged 84)
Calgary, Alberta
Residence Canada
Citizenship Canadian
Nationality Canadian
Fields Geology
Institutions Geological Survey of Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Alma mater McGill University
Yale University
Known for Expertise in the geology of Appalachian region of Atlantic Canada
Notable awards Bancroft Award
R. T. Bell Medal
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
Ambrose Medal

Ernest Richard Ward Neale, OC FRSC (July 3, 1923 May 20, 2008) was a distinguished Canadian geologist. His scientific research contributed to the understanding of the large-scale structure of the northern Appalachian mountains of Atlantic Canada. Neale used his enthusiasm for geology to inform students and the general public about discoveries in his field through television, radio, pamphlets, booklets, news magazines, and the popular press.

Neale worked with the Geological Survey of Canada and Memorial University of Newfoundland. He, along with John Rodgers of Yale University, were the first to recognize the transported oceanic sedimentary rocks that overlie ancient shelf deposits in western Newfoundland.

Early life

Neale was born in Beaconsfield, Québec in July 1923. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War between 1943-1945. After the war he went to study at McGill University, Montreal. He completed his BSc in 1949. In 1950, Ward married Roxie and they moved to New Haven, Connecticut so Ward could attend Yale University. There he obtained his MSc. (1951) and PhD (1952).


Neale worked briefly as an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, New York, between 1952 and 1954. After that he went on to work for the Geological Survey of Canada. His first position was as to head the Appalachian Geology Section. Between 1963 and 1965, Neale served as the Commonwealth Geology Liaison Officer. When he returned he was given the responsibility to head the Precambrian Geology Section.

In 1968, Neale left the Survey to become Professor and head of the Geology Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 1972, he organized a Montreal-based symposium for the International Geological Congress on Geoscience Aid to developing Countries. This symposium led to the creation of the Association of Geoscientists for International Development.

In 1976, Neale moved to Calgary as Head of the Geological Information Subdivision of the Institute of Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology. He retained his ties to academia whilst in Calgary by holding an adjunct position at the University of Calgary and acting on the University Senate.

In 1982, Neale returned to Newfoundland to accept the position of Vice-President Academic of Memorial University. He held that position until retiring in 1987. After retirement, Ward and his wife moved to Calgary, Alberta.

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