Smith, J. MacGregor

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      John Macgregor Smith was born in 1887 in Scotland. In 1905, he immigrated to Manitoba and worked on a large farm for five years. In 1910, he began attending the Manitoba Agricultural College. In 1913, he graduated from University of Manitoba and joined the University of Saskatchewan as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering. In 1921, John Macgregor Smith joined the University of Alberta as its first professor of Agricultural Engineering. He headed the Department of Agricultural Engineering until his death.

      Smith's chief research interest lay in soil-preserving tillage methods and farm machinery. He held membership with the Agricultural Institute of Canada and of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and was an honorary Life Member of the Undergraduate Students' Agricultural Club. He published regularly in his field and frequently gave academic lectures at universities in North America. Some publications include: "Knotter Troubles", "Binder and Knotter Troubles", "Plows and Plowing", "Rope Knots and Hitches", and "Better Belt Lacing".

      He married Florence Ida Baldwin (1884-1964) in Philadelphia in 1915. He died in Edmonton in 1950.


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