Sir Sandford Fleming (1827-1915)
- surveyor, engineer, inventor of standard time zones
- Fleming was born on July 7, 1827, probably in Kirkaldy, Fife, Scotland
- emigrated to Quebec on the ship "Brilliant," leaving Glasgow, Scotland, on April 24, 1845, at age 17 years.
- lived in Montreal, Ottawa, and Halifax
- came to Canada as a surveyor, and later became one of the foremost railway engineers of his time
- in charge of the initial survey for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the first Canadian railway to span the continent.
- the problems of coordinating such a long railway lead him to the idea of time zones
- his contribution to the adoption of the present system of time zones earned him the title of "Father of Standard Time"
- was knighted in 1897 on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
- served as Chancellor of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario
- Sir Sandford Fleming College, with campuses in many Ontario locations, was named in his honour
- died in Halifax in 1915
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