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Ainley, Marianne Gosztonyi, 1937-

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  • 1937-2008

Marianne (Marika) Ainley (née Gosztonyi) was born on December 4, 1937 in Budapest, Hungary. She started out her adult life as a chemist after receiving her diploma in industrial chemistry from Petrik Lajos Polytechnical College of Chemistry in Budapest in 1956. She immigrated to Sweden in 1956 to escape the unrest accompanying the failed Hungarian Revolution, and then to Montreal, Quebec in 1957. She became a research assistant at Loyola College in the Chemistry department under Dr. Thomas Nogrady during 1966-1969 and 1973-1974, and continued on until 1978. In 1979, while working as research assistant in the History of Science Program at Concordia she completed Cornell University's certificate in ornithology. She graduated with a Master of Science in 1980 and continued her research in ornithology while completing her PhD at McGill University, graduating in 1985. Shortly after completing her PhD, Ainley received a grant to write a biography of zoologist William Rowan. In 1986, she secured multi-year funding (from 1986-1988) as an independent scholar. From 1988-2005 she lectured at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University, Carleton University, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Victoria, as well in Australia and New Zealand. During this period, Ainley also wrote and received research grants to write books and prepare exhibitions. On September 26, 2008, Ainley passed away after a battle with cancer.


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Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962

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  • 1892-1962

Richard Aldington (8 July 1892-27 July 1962), born Edward Godfree Aldington, was an English writer and poet best known for his World War I poetry, the 1929 novel, "Death of a Hero", and the controversy arising from his 1955 "Lawrence of Arabia: A Biographical Inquiry".

Alexander, Ronald Okeden, 1888-1949

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  • 1888-1949

Ronald Okeden Alexander was a noted army leader in World War I and World War II. He was a member of the following regiments: the Victoria Rifles of Canada, 1908; Royal Canadian Regiment, 1910; 24th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1917; 2nd Canadian Division, 1917-1919; Canadian Army, Permanent Force, 1919-1939. He was General Officer Commanding (GOC) in the Canadian Pacific Command, 1940-1942; and Major-General, 1942-1945.

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