Born in Scotland
in 1827, emigrated to Canada
when he was 18, he first proposed building a railway
to the Pacific
and was present at the driving of the last spike in 1885. He invented standard time zones
and designed Canada
's first adhesive postage stamp
, the ``Three-Penny Beaver'', in 1851. He died in 1915.
The main engineering building at the University of Toronto is named in his honour.