OTD: Famed Canadian geologist dies

On today’s date in 1957, Canadian geologist, explorer and historian Joseph Burr Tyrrell died in Toronto at the age of 98.

Tyrrell worked for the Geological Survey of Canada from 1881-98, during which time he collected information on the natural history and mineral resources of many of the country’s remote regions.

In 1884, Tyrrell discovered the vast dinosaur beds of the southern Alberta Badlands as well as coal beds near Drumheller, Alta., and Fernie, B.C. The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta, which was founded in 1985, is named in his memory.

Awarded biennially by the Royal Society of Canada, the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal was established in 1927 and was endowed by Tyrrell for the furtherance of the knowledge of the history of Canada. The gold-plated silver medal is awarded for outstanding work in Canadian history.

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