Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard


MCLEOD, Clement Henry, b. 20 Jan. 1851, Cape Breton, NS; d. 26 Dec. 1917, Montreal. McLeod earned a BASc in engineering (1873) and a M.E. (1878) from McGill University. Appointed superintendent of the McGill University Observatory (1874), he determined Montreal’s exact longitude. In 1888, he became a professor and taught astronomy, geodesy and surveying. Promoted to vice-dean of engineering (1908), he improved the faculty's organization and curriculum. In 1891, he succeeded H. T. Bovey as secretary of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (renamed Engineering Institute of Canada, 1918), and emerged as the CSCE's most influential secretary. His greatest achievement was to help Manitoba and Quebec members acquire restrictive provincial engineering licensing laws. A member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and McGill's University Club, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1893. On 13 July 1876, he married Mary Ellen McLaren, and they had four sons and two daughters.

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