Kenneth Hare

Fredrick Kenneth Hare, CC OOnt FRSC (February 5, 1919 – September 3, 2002) was a Canadian climatologist and academic, who researched atmospheric carbon dioxide, climate change, drought, and arid zone climates and was a strong advocate for preserving the natural environment.

Kenneth Hare
BornFebruary 5, 1919 
DiedSeptember 3, 2002  (aged 83)
Alma mater


Born in Wiltshire, England, he received a Bachelor of Science in 1939 from King's College London. During World War II, he was a meteorologist with the UK Air Ministry, and joined McGill University as an assistant professor after the war. In 1950, he received a PhD in Geography from the Université de Montréal.[1]

Scientific career

Hare was Dean of Arts and Science at McGill starting 1962 before returning to England in 1964. He was Master of Birkbeck College from 1966 to 1968, during which he served as president of the Royal Meteorological Society.[2]

In 1968, he accepted the position as fifth president of the University of British Columbia, which he served until he resigned on January 31, 1969.[3] He joined the University of Toronto (U of T) becoming a Professor of geography and physics in 1974. From 1974 to 1979 he was director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the U of T. From 1979 until 1986 he was Provost of Trinity College. From 1988 to 1995 he was the sixth Chancellor of Trent University.[4] From 1992 until his death in 2002, he chaired Canada's national Climate Program Planning Board.

Research interests and advocacy

Hare's research interests included atmospheric carbon dioxide, climate change, drought, and arid zone climates. He was a strong advocate of protecting the natural environment and served on a wide variety of commissions and committees on subjects that included acid rain, desertification, heavy metals, nuclear reactors (and their waste products), ozone, greenhouse gases and climate change. He was on the Research and Development Advisory Panel of Atomic Energy of Canada and conducted studies on nuclear waste management in Sweden and France.

Hare considered that the most pressing environmental challenge facing Canada is climate change caused by excessive use of fossil fuels. He advocated effectively managed nuclear power as a viable alternative. Throughout his life Hare was a tireless public speaker and writer about these issues.

Awards and honours

Hare received the Massey Medal in 1974. In 1978 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1987.[5]

In 1987, he was presented with the Sir John William Dawson Medal, for important contributions of knowledge in multiple domains, from the Royal Society of Canada in which he was a Fellow. The same year, he was awarded the Cullum Geographical Medal by the American Geographical Society.

In 1989, he received the Order of Ontario and the International Meteorological Organization Prize from the World Meteorological Organization.[6] He was awarded honorary degrees by 11 universities.


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  2. "Society Presidents". History of the Society. Royal Meteorological Society. Archived from the original on June 14, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  3. "Former UBC President Kenneth Hare Remembered". UBC Reports. The University of British Columbia (published September 22, 2006). October 10, 2002. Archived from the original on June 14, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  4. "Trent University Mourns the Death of Former Chancellor Dr. Kenneth Hare". Communications Office. Daily News. Trent University. September 16, 2002. Archived from the original on June 14, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  5. "F. Kenneth Hare, C.C., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.S.C." The Governor General of Canada. Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  6. "Winners of the IMO Prize". World Meteorological Organization. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Horace Noel Fieldhouse
Dean of Arts and Science at McGill University
Succeeded by
Harry Woods Douglas
Preceded by
John B. Macdonald
President of the University of British Columbia
Succeeded by
Walter Gage
Preceded by
George Ignatieff
Provost of the University of Trinity College
Succeeded by
Robert H. Painter
Preceded by
John Josiah Robinette
Chancellor of Trent University
Succeeded by
Mary Simon
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