1928: Robert S.L. Wilson, P.Eng.


Born in Lunenburg, N.S., Robert Wilson received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from McGill University in 1911.

After working in the construction industry for several years, he became professor of civil and municipal engineering at the University of Alberta in 1919.

Ten years later he was appointed dean of the faculty of applied science, a post he held until retiring to Victoria in 1946.

A charter member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta (APEA; now The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta), Wilson served as its first registrar from 1920-25 and chaired the association's board of examiners.

He was elected vice-president in 1927 and president in 1928. Wilson is fondly remembered for tireless dedication to his students. Following the Second World War he reduced his lecture hours to give returning veterans as much individual attention as possible.  Wilson passed away in 1967.