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Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration

2014 Recipient - George Hobson




George Hobson is a geophysicist and seismic explorer. In his position as Director of the Polar Continental Shelf Project, Hobson’s logistical support contributed enormously to scientific and exploratory work in Canada’s Arctic.

Hobson was a leader on teams exploring the mysteries of the lost Franklin Expedition in 1994, 1995 and 2000, discovering important relics left behind by the fated crew. For his work as a scientist, as an explorer and as a leader, Dr. George Hobson has been awarded the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.


RCGS medalist Dr. George Hobson loses battle with cancer

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society was deeply saddened to learn that Dr. George Hobson passed away on April 16th after a courageous battle with cancer, with his wife Arlie and family at his side. Dr. Hobson was the 2014 recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration.

In his early career George Hobson was a geophysicist working in the private sector. Later, in his position as Director of the Polar Continental Shelf Project, Hobson’s leadership contributed enormously to scientific and exploratory work in Canada’s Arctic, mentoring many young scientists and engaging with northerners in the PCSP supported research.

He was a leader on teams exploring the mysteries of the lost Franklin Expedition in 1994, 1995 and 2000, discovering important relics left behind by the fated crew.

Along with the Ondaatje Medal, he received many awards over the years including The Massey Medal (1991), Northern Science Award (1991), Camsell Medal (1998), The Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (1987), and The Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). George was awarded an honourary Doctor of Science from McMaster University in May, 1991.

George was a longtime friend and supporter of the RCGS, serving on the RCGS Board of Governors as well as several committees. He was also the project manager for the RCGS Logan ’92 Expedition. George will be sincerely missed.

Those wishing to send condolences to the family can contact events@rcgs.org for contact information.

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