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Dr. Phillip Alfred Buckner

Doctor of Letters

Dr. Phillip Buckner received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1969. His thesis dealt with British policy towards the British North American colonies in the first half of the 19th century. He joined the University of New Brunswick in 1968 and was appointed a full professor in 1980. He is currently on leave from U.N.B. and is a visiting professor at Birkbeck College, University of London. Dr. Buckner is a scholar of distinction and one who has also invested great efforts in furthering the scholarship of others. In 1971, Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region, and, with one break, he served as its editor until 1990. In 1980, Dr. Buckner founded the Acadiensis Press, which publishes scholarly books about the history of Atlantic Canada and now has twenty-nine titles on its list, including two published in collaboration with the Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies at Saint Mary's University. Dr. Buckner has been for a number of years an active member of the Board of Directors of the Gorsebrook Institute. Among his many scholarly achievements is the contribution of numerous biographies and general articles to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and he has written a number of important scholarly books and articles, pre-eminent among which is The Transition to Responsible Government: British Policy in British North America. In May 1992, Dr. Buckner became President of the Canadian Historical Association.