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Dr. Margaret Osler fondly remembered

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September 15, 2010

Dr. Margaret J. Osler, professor of History, passed away September 15, 2010.

An accomplished academic, Osler studied and published extensively in the areas of history of science and religion, intellectual history, mechanical philosophy and the scientific revolution. During her career she was honoured with the Science and Religion Course Prize from the Centre for Theology and the Natural Sciences, the Richard S. Westfall Lecture from Indiana University and the Stillman Drake Lecture from the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science.

Osler earned a Phd and MA in the History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University in 1968 and 1966 respectively, and a BA from Swarthmore College in 1963.

She joined the University of Calgary’s Department of History in 1975. She most recently held appointments as professor of History and adjunct professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary as well as adjunct professor of History at the University of Alberta. Among a multitude of contributions Osler made to the University of Calgary community, she was instrumental in the creation of the major and minor undergraduate programs in History and Philosophy of Science, the interdisciplinary M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Cultural Studies, and the Research Institute in Gender Studies. She also served a term as coordinator for the Science, Technology and Society program.

Osler mentored many students through undergraduate honours, Masters and Phd theses over the course of her career and she lectured in Universities across Canada and around the world including University of Lecce in Italy, University of Canterbury in New Zealand, University of Richmond in Virginia, Oregon State University, Oxford University, Cambridge University and Johns Hopkins University, to name a few.

Previous to taking her post with the U of C’s Department of History, Osler held appointments as assistant professor at each of Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Harvey Mudd College in California, and Oregon State University.

Osler was an active member of the Calgary community dedicating time to the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association and the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership as well as giving frequent lectures to local community groups.

A memorial service for Dr. Osler will be held in November. More details will be forthcoming.