During a government career that spanned nearly the whole of the Cold War, George Roy Lindsey gained a reputation as a leading defence scientist and military strategist for Canada's Defence Research Board. Having influenced Canadian policy in such important areas as air defence, anti-submarine warfare, and the militarization of space, Lindsey's writings spanning his career with the Department of National Defence, shed light not only on one of Canada's most influential civil servants of the Cold War era, but on the inner-workings of the Canadian defence establishment during the nuclear age.
The Selected Works of George R. Lindsey provides full access to a wealth of valuable, previously classified, historical material regarding the scientific and technical aspects of Canadian defence and national security in the Cold War. Lindsey's writings clarify Canada's approach to the strategic issues of the nuclear age, while his first-hand experience is valuable for understanding the role and structure of the postwar Canadian defence establishment.
George Lindsey graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto in 1942 before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Artillery to serve with the Canadian Army Operational Research Group. He also served overseas with the British Army Operational Research Group. Lindsey's life's work stands as an invaluable source pertaining to technological interpretations.
Matthew S. Wiseman is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow with The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, and the Department of History, at the University of Toronto.