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Royal Canadian Institute


A hotbed of scientific exchange, the Royal Canadian Institute was formed in Toronto by an enthusiastic group of engineers, surveyors and entrepreneurs, led by Sir Sandford Fleming.

Charged with the “encouragement and general advancement of the Physical Sciences, the Arts and Manufactures” and to work to, “promote the purposes of Science and the general interests of society" the Institute opened its membership in 1850 to anyone “whose pursuits or studies were of a kindred character.”

Members gave and heard papers on a wide range of subjects. Selected papers and abstracts were published in the Canadian Journal, later the Proceedings and then the Transactions of the Royal Canadian Institute. These scientific journals (1852-1969) were the first in Canada to be widely distributed internationally, and are still in demand as primary scientific sources.

The President's Address delivered January 7th, 1851 (pdf)

Proceedings of the Canadian Institute, Toronto
Being a continuation of "The Canadian Journal of Science, Literature and History" New Series, Volume I 1882 - 1883 (pdf)
Proceedings of the Canadian Institute, Toronto
Being a continuation of "The Canadian Journal of Science, Literature and History" New Series, Volume II 1883 - 1884 (pdf)


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