Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

BOVEY, Henry Taylor, b. 7 May 1852, Devonshire, England; d. 2 Feb. 1912, Eastbourne, England. Educated at a private school and the University of Cambridge, he joined the Mersey Docks and Harbour Works and was promoted to assistant engineer. In 1878, he was appointed professor of civil engineering and applied mathematics, McGill University, and, in 1888, became dean of the new Faculty of Applied Science. In 1908, he was installed as rector of the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, retiring the following year because of poor health. A charter member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (1887), he served as its first secretary-treasurer (1888-91), vice president (1896) and president in 1900. He was also an honourable fellow of Queen’s College, Cambridge, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. An author of numerous works on engineering science, he received the CSCE’s Gzowski Medal, and was awarded honorary doctorates from Bishop’s College, Lennoxville, Que. (1892), Queen’s and McGill Universities in 1893. Active in Montreal civic and charitable organizations, he was secretary of the Victorian Order of Nurses, and, in 1909, was presented to the King and Queen. Bovey was a pioneer of Canadian engineering education and Canadian engineering professionalism.

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