Fonds uofa-2673 - Roland S. Young fonds

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Roland S. Young fonds

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CA UOFA uofa-2673

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260 cm of textual records. -- ca. 150 photographs

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Chemist, Author, 1906-1988. Roland Young was born in Portage La Prairie in 1906. Upon entering university age, he entered the University of Alberta, graduating with a B.Sc. in 1928 and a M.Sc. in 1930. In 1934, Dr. Young received his doctorate from Cornell University and began working for Inco Mines in Sudbury Ontario before moving to South Africa, first to work as a chemist in the diamond belt of what is now Northern Zimbabwe before moving to Johannesburg to take up a post as head of the Diamond Research Laboratory. In 1949, after a whirlwind courtship, Dr. Young married Gladys May (maiden name unknown) and the pair remained happily married until Dr. Young's death in 1988. The Youngs returned to Canada in the early 1950s and the childless couple moved to Victoria where Young worked for the B.C. government's Ministry of Energy and Mines. In 1972, the Youngs spent a year in Amman, Jordan, where Dr. Young for the UN as a resident consultant helping to set up the first chemical analysis facility for the government. When he returned to Canada, he spent the rest of his career writing and consulting on chemical issues. A world leader in the study of cobalt, Dr. Young published numerous articles and several books on the topic including The analytical chemistry of cobalt (1966) and Chemical analysis in extractive metallurgy (1971).

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After Dr. Young's death in 1988, the fonds was in the custody of his wife Gladys May Young until 1999 when Mrs. Young died and the fonds was donated to the University of Alberta Archives by her estate.

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The fonds consists of personal papers, correspondence and financial documents of Dr. Roland S. Young. Fonds also includes reports, correspondence, published materials, research notes, and other documents that Dr. Young created or collected in his professional life. Fonds includes ca. 150 photographs of both a personal and professional nature.

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  • The material is in English.

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Record No. 99-89, 99-99<br><br>

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