Cyril G. Wates

Cyril G. Wates (18 July 1883 – 2 February 1946) was an author, mountain climber, and amateur astronomer who lived in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Water was born in Brixton, England, graduated from Worcester Academy in 1902, and immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1909 where he worked for the City of Edmonton Municipal Telephone System as an engineer. He joined the Alpine Club of Canada in 1916, and climbed more than fifty peaks. He was the first to ascend Mt. Geikie in the Canadian Rockies, named Mt. Minotaur located in British Columbia, south of Geikie Creek, and was responsible for the Alpine Club's book, Songs for Canadian Climbers. Water served as president of the Club from 1938 to 1941 and oversaw the construction of a cabin in the Tonquin Valley in Jasper National Park in Alberta, that is now known as the Wates-Gibson Hut. He received a Fellowship in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 1939.

Wates was an accomplished amateur astronomer who served as president of Edmonton Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He also wrote for academic journals and magazines such as Scientific American and the RASC Journal, and was awarded the Chant Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada; "for outstanding amateur contribution to astronomy in Canada" in 1943. The year before, Wates had built a 12.5 in (320 mm) reflector telescope that he donated to the University of Alberta for their future observatory. The University now offers the Cyril G. Wates Memorial Prize and Scholarship for mathematics.[1]

Wates' first story, "The Visitation", was published in 1927 in Amazing Stories as winner of the $500 Cover Prize Contest.[2] Although his last published piece appeared in 1930, his letters appeared in the magazine until 1935.

Short Stories and Novellas

  • (1927) "The Visitation", Amazing Stories, June ISBN 978-1539561224
  • (1929) "The Face of Isis", Amazing Stories, March
  • (1929) "Gold Dust and Star Dust", Amazing Stories, September
  • (1930) "A Modern Prometheus", Amazing Stories Quarterly, Fall
  • (1930) Letter (Amazing Stories, February)
  • (1934) Letter (Amazing Stories, January)
  • (1935) Letter (Amazing Stories, August)

Non-Fiction Works

  • (1919) "The Alpine Club of Canada", Toronto World, September 9
  • (1930) "The memorial cabin on Penstock Creek", Canadian Alpine Journal
  • (1933) and E.R. Gibson, "The Eremite and beyond", Canadian Alpine Journal
  • (1937) "Following the footsteps of the fur traders", Canadian Alpine Journal
  • (1942) "Space, time and meaning", Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Volume 36, September
  • (1944) "Adjusting the Polar Axis", Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 38, p. 154, April
  • (1944) "Edmonton Observations of an Occultation of Jupiter", Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 38, p. 171, April


  1. ^ "Honors Mathematics and Statistics Programs". Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  2. ^ Wates, Cyril G. (June 1927). "The Visitation". Amazing Stories. pp. 214–233.

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Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories is an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by Hugo Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing. It was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction. Science fiction stories had made regular appearances in other magazines, including some published by Gernsback, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction.

As of 2018, Amazing has been published, with some interruptions, for ninety-two years, going through a half-dozen owners and many editors as it struggled to be profitable. Gernsback was forced into bankruptcy and lost control of the magazine in 1929. In 1938 it was purchased by Ziff-Davis, who hired Raymond A. Palmer as editor. Palmer made the magazine successful though it was not regarded as a quality magazine within the science fiction community. In the late 1940s Amazing presented as fact stories about the Shaver Mystery, a lurid mythos that explained accidents and disaster as the work of robots named deros, which led to dramatically increased circulation but widespread ridicule. Amazing switched to a digest size format in 1953, shortly before the end of the pulp-magazine era. It was sold to Sol Cohen's Universal Publishing Company in 1965, which filled it with reprinted stories but did not pay a reprint fee to the authors, creating a conflict with the newly formed Science Fiction Writers of America. Ted White took over as editor in 1969, eliminated the reprints and made the magazine respected again: Amazing was nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award three times during his tenure in the 1970s. Several other owners attempted to create a modern incarnation of the magazine in the following decades, but publication was suspended after the March 2005 issue. A new incarnation appeared in July 2012 as an online magazine. Print publication resumed with the Fall 2018 issue.

Gernsback's initial editorial approach was to blend instruction with entertainment; he believed science fiction could educate readers. His audience rapidly showed a preference for implausible adventures, and the movement away from Gernsback's idealism accelerated when the magazine changed hands in 1929. Despite this, Gernsback had an enormous impact on the field: the creation of a specialist magazine for science fiction spawned an entire genre publishing industry. The letter columns in Amazing, where fans could make contact with each other, led to the formation of science fiction fandom, which in turn had a strong influence on the development of the field. Writers whose first story was published in the magazine include John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Howard Fast, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny, and Thomas M. Disch. Overall, though, Amazing itself was rarely an influential magazine within the genre after the 1920s. Some critics have commented that by "ghettoizing" science fiction, Gernsback harmed its literary growth, but this viewpoint has been countered by the argument that science fiction needed an independent market to develop in to reach its potential.

Oubliette Mountain

Oubliette Mountain is a 3,070 meter mountain summit located on the shared border of Jasper National Park in Alberta, and Mount Robson Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada. Situated in the Tonquin Valley, Oubliette Mountain is part of The Ramparts in the Canadian Rockies, one of the most beautiful mountain meccas in the world. Its nearest higher peak is Dungeon Peak, 1.0 km (0.62 mi) to the northwest. Not coincidentally, an oubliette is a secret dungeon with access only through a trapdoor in its ceiling. The descriptive name was applied by Cyril G. Wates.

Parapet Peak

Parapet Peak is located on the border of Alberta and British Columbia. It was named in 1921 by Cyril G. Wates.


Wates may refer to:

Wates, the capital of Kulon Progo Regency in Indonesia

Wates Group, a UK construction company

Cyril G. Wates (1883–1946), Canadian astronomer, climber and writer

Darren Wates (born 1977), Australian cricketer

Worcester Academy

Worcester Academy is a private school in Worcester, Massachusetts. It is one of the country's oldest day-boarding schools, with alumni including H. Jon Benjamin, Edward Davis Jones (Dow Jones), Cole Porter, and Olympian Bill Toomey. A coeducational preparatory school, it belongs to the National Association of Independent Schools. Situated on 73 acres (30 hectares), the academy is divided into a middle school, serving approximately 150 students in grades six to eight, and an upper school, serving approximately 500 students in grades nine to twelve, including some postgraduates. Approximately one-third of students in the upper school participate in the school's five- and seven-day boarding programs. Currently, there are approximately 80 international students enrolled from 28 different nations. The academy is mildly selective, accepting approximately 65% of all applicants.

Worcester Academy is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Association of Independent Schools in New England, and the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council.

The Academy's motto is the Greek phrase "Έφικνού τών Καλών," which translates to "Achieve the Honorable."

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