Paul Hiebert was born in Pilot Mound, Manitoba, in 1892. He received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Manitoba (1916), his M.A. in Gothic and Teutonic philology from the University of Toronto (1917), and his M.Sc. in physics and chemistry (1921) and Ph.D. in chemistry (1924) from McGill University. From that time until his retirement in 1953, he was professor of chemistry at the University of Manitoba.
A parody of literary biographies and satire of literary criticism, Sarah Binks, Hiebert’s first book, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and established Hiebert as one of Canada’s major humorists. He wrote in other modes as well, most notably, in his later years, out of religious concerns that deeply engaged him. But it is for his gentle humour that he will be most widely remembered.
Paul Hiebert died in Carman, Manitoba, in 1987.
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