George Ramsay Cook was born on November 28, 1931 in Alameda, Saskatchewan, and died and July 14, 2016 Toronto, Ontario.
He was a Canadian historian and general editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
Mr.Cook was a professor of history at York University for 25 years until 1996.
Because of his championing of so-called “limited identities”, Cook contributed to the rise of the New Social History, which uses “class, gender and ethnicity” as its three main categories of analysis.
Over the period of his teaching career, Cook supervised the work of 39 PhD students and many prominent social historians such as Franca Iacovetta.
During 1997, the Ramsay Cook Research Scholarship was established at York University to honour his contribution to the field of history.
George Ramsay publicly supported Pierre Elliott Trudeau in his attempt to gain the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada in 1968.
He received the Governor General’s Award for non-fiction in 1985, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1986.
He was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Japanese government in 1994.
During 2005, Cook was the recipient of the Molson Prize in Social Sciences and Humanities.
Cook was married to Eleanor Cook, an English professor at the University of Toronto.
George Ramsay Cook passed away at 84 years old.