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How a family evolved from ancient roots in Northern England to spread across the United States and to Canada, and the local conditions which prevailed at the time.
William C. Wonders, C.M., C.D., B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Syracuse), Ph.D. (Toronto), Phil. Dr. h.c. (Uppsala), F.R.S.C., is University Professor and Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of Alberta. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he began his academic career as a faculty member at the University of Toronto, then moved to Edmonton, Alberta, as the founding head of the Department of Geography in the University of Alberta. He was also founding Chairman there of the Boreal Institute for Northern Studies (now the Canadian Circumpolar Institute). His major academic interests have been in settlement geography, historical geography, and Northern Regions. During his career, he has held professorships and research fellowships at the University of Victoria and St. Mary's University (Canada), the University of Oklahoma (U.S.A), Uppsala University (Sweden), the University of Aberdeen and Edinburgh University (Scotland), and the Free University of Berlin (Germany). After 35 years at the University of Alberta, he retired to Victoria, British Columbia.