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RONALD WATTS

Ontario & Oriel 1952 (10 March 1929 - 2 October 2015)

RONALD WATTS

Served as Principal of Queen’s University, Canada, from 1974 to 1984 and was also one of Canada’s leading experts on federalism. Professor Watts arrived at Queen’s University in 1955 as a lecturer in philosophy, but moved to the Department of Political and Economic Science in 1961. He was appointed Dean of Arts and Science in 1969 before becoming principal five years later. Professor Watts’ main academic interest was the comparative study of federal political systems. After retiring as principal, he served as director of Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, senior adviser to the federal government on constitutional affairs, and consultant to governments all over the world, including Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. He also published a number of books, including New Federations: Experiments in the Commonwealth, Multi-Cultural Societies and Federalism, Administration in Federal Systems, and Comparing Federal Systems. Professor Watts received five honorary degrees and became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979 and a Companion in 2000.