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Sir Sandford Fleming


1827 - 1915

Canadian railway engineer, born in Kirkcaldy. He emigrated to Canada in 1845 and was responsible for surveying many of the major Canadian railway routes. In 1851 he designed Canada's first postage stamp. He was appointed Chief Engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1872. In 1884, he devised a system of standard time, in which the world was divided into time zones, which is now internationally recognised.

Fleming became Chancellor of Queen's University in Kingston in 1880 and was knighted in 1897. His name is remembered in the town of Fleming (Saskatchewan) and the Sir Sandford Fleming College (Ontario).


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