Irving Biodiversity Collection
K. C. Irving Environmental Science Centre, Acadia University
32 University Avenue, Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 2R6


Who was E. C. Smith?

Ernest Chalmers Smith was born in Hillsborough, Nova Scotia on November 25, 1912. In his youth, he attended Hillsboro School in Inverness County. On August 12, 1939, he married Ada Southcott G. Cameron of Carbonear Newfoundland. E. C. Smith 1912-1992

E.C. Smith taught in the Nova Scotia Public School system for 2 years, from 1930 to 1932. He graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1936. He attended Harvard University as a Cabot Foundation Fellow from 1937-1943, receiving his A.M. in 1939 and his Ph.D. in 1943. He returned to Atlantic Canada, as a professor of biology at Memorial University College of Newfoundland. Dr. Smith was a biologist as well as department head from 1944-1947. He served as Operational Research Officer, R.C.A.F. from 1943-44.

In 1947 he returned to his alma mater, Acadia University. During his tenure at Acadia University, he was selected as Head of the Biology Department in 1955. He was appointed as Dean of Science in 1961 and Dean of Arts and Science in 1965. Two years later, he became Vice President Academic. In 1975 he retired from the university after almost 30 years of dedicated service.

Biology DepartmentUpon Dr. Smith's retirement as Department Head of the Biology in 1970, Acadia University's Board of Governors announced that the department's excellent collection of plants would be named the E.C. Smith Herbarium.

Dr. Smith and his students and collaborators are directly credited with contributing over 50,000 specimens between 1947 and 1971. Dr. E.C. Smith passed away on February 15, 1992.