From the time he was a child, Sandford Fleming valued learning. He spent many evenings increasing his knowledge of many subjects. When he was asked at the age of 52 to become honorary chancellor of Queen’s University, Kingston, he accepted with alacrity and conviction.
The quality of professional training was for him a key issue. He argued that science should be part of university education and succeeded in convincing a number of his colleagues.
At Queen’s University, he also contributed to the creation of the School of Mining and Agriculture and the Faculty of Applied Sciences.