didn't grow up in India. I was born in India in 1921 and rapidly
exported by my parents at the age of 18 months. Then I served a long sentence
at an English boarding school and then I came to Vancouver and, this is
literally true, that my first sight, it was a rainy morning in September, I
knew for sure, absolutely for sure, that I had at last come home. I was 18.
of the most prolific Canadian broadcasters, Lister Sinclair was born in Bombay, India to Scottish parents.
His education there with attendance at St. Paul's School in London, England, was completed with a
B.A. from the University of British Columbia, in Math and Physics.
He wrote plays at UBC and his troupe of actors were broadcast on local radio
including CJOR, CKNW and CBC.
1944, he moved to Toronto to get a MA at the U
of T and join the CBC in 1944.
been one of the most versatile radio and television personalities: writer,
actor, panelist, producer, commentator and lecturer, his principal
contributions include Man At the Center, The Nature of Things and Ideas;
programs full of curiosity on a wide range of subjects: much like the man
1972, he was appointed Executive Vice-President of the CBC.
1983, he was appointed as the host of IDEAS, the premier radio program examining
everything from Science and the Arts to Culture, Politics and History. The show
had debuted in 1964. Sinclair left the show in 1999, but continued to make
regular contributions. During the 2002 season, IDEAS featured a 3 part
conversation with him that revealed the major influences - ideas, people,
nature and music - that have shaped his life.
October of 2001, a special tribute at the Glenn Gould studio in Toronto marked Lister
Sinclair's 80th birthday. Equally at home in both the arts and the sciences, he
will be remembered for his dazzling ability to recognize patterns and make
connections. Lister has shown how the stuff of the universe - ideas, thoughts
and feelings - actually hang together and why that
Sinclair died in hospital on October 16th 2006, at the age of 85.
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