Thorbergur Thorvaldson

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Thorbergur Thorvaldson
BornAugust 24, 1883
DiedOctober 4, 1965 (1965-10-05) (aged 82)
Occupation Chemist

Thorbergur Thorvaldson M.Sc., PhD. (August 24, 1883 October 4, 1965) was an Icelandic-Canadian chemist. He was the head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Thorvaldson and his team at the National Research Council developed a sulphate-resistant cement in 1919 which prevented decay and deterioration in existing structures. [1] [2] He served as president of the Canadian Institute of Chemistry in 1941. [3] In 1946 he was named first dean of graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan.


Thorvaldson's family settled in Gimli, Manitoba. Thorvaldson graduated from the University of Manitoba with honours. [4]

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He was made a Knight ( Riddari ) in the Order of the Falcon ( Hin íslenska fálkaorða ) in 1939. [3]

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Henry Marshall Tory Medal was awarded to Thorbergur Thorvaldson, FRSC Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan in 1951. [5]

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The official dedication ceremony of the Chemistry Building on the University of Saskatchewan campus was held June 1966 wherein the building was named in honour of Thorbergur Thorvaldson. Thorvaldson was a pioneer researcher in the development of cement that would not deteriorate in alkaline ground water areas. [6]

In 1966, Thorvaldson Lake in northern Saskatchewan was named in his honour.

Thorvaldson Lake Location: 55°49′N104°28′W / 55.817°N 104.467°W / 55.817; -104.467 (Thorvaldson Lake) [3]

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