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Wright, Conrad Payling, 1896-1992
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Conrad Payling Wright was born on 15 September 1896 to Reverend William James Payling Wright and Mary Esther Mandeville Wright in Yorkshire, England. He married Esther Clark in July 1924, and they had no children. Conrad died in Wolfville, on 14 October 1992.
Conrad studied at Middlesbrough High School, Middlesbrough, England from 1905-1906, the Bridgnorth Grammar School from 1906-1909, and at the University College School in London from 1909-1914. Conrad was awarded the Junior Hulme Scholarship in Natural Science at Brasenose College, which he entered in 1914. Interrupted by World War I, Conrad served as a Sec, Lieutenant and Lieutenant with the 179 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, and the Sound Ranging Service. He was an instructor with the No.2 R.G.A. Cadet School, and assistant instructor with the Lydd School of Gunnery. He re-entered Brasenose College in 1919, with a new interest in Economics, but completed his Bachelor’s degree in Physics with honours in 1920.
In 1921, Conrad studied the subjects of Economics and Geography at Oxford, and passed the available examinations. Conrad went to the University of California from 1921-1922, and worked for the Food Research Institute at Stanford University, California from 1922-1926. In 1925, Conrad received his Master of Arts from Oxford University. He attended Harvard University from 1926-1927 and was an instructor in Economics and tutor in History, Government, and Economics at Harvard University from 1927-1931. In 1931-1933 he taught as an assistant professor of History at Acadia University, while completing economic research in 1932-1933. Conrad earned his PhD in Economic History in from Harvard University in 1932.
Conrad was employed with the RAF, RCAF, and the Middle East Supply Company during World War II. After the War, Conrad was an instructor with the Khaki University of Canada in Leavesden, England. Conrad taught at the United College in Winnipeg from 1946-1947, and the Reserve Officers School of the RCAF in Kingston, Ontario in 1951. Conrad also taught and lectured at the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of New Brunswick. He remained involved with research projects through the 1960s until his death in 1992, during which time he resided primarily in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
Conrad’s comprehensive research covered a varied and wide range of topics. His most in-depth research topics included Canadian constitutional history, economics, the British North America Act, and the shipwreck of the “Albion.” Conrad's PhD thesis in economics focused on transatlantic packet ships in New York in the early 19th century. In 1935, Conrad published his largest and most significant body of work, The St. Lawrence Deep Waterway: A Canadian Appraisal.
Wolfville, Kings County, N.S.
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