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James Hector

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James Hector, circa 1858

Sir James Hector (March 16, 1834August 16, 1907) was a Scottish geologist, naturalist, and surgeon who accompanied the Palliser Expedition.

He attended the Edinburgh Academy. At 14, he began articling as an actuary at his father's office. He joined University of Edinburgh as a medical student and received his medical degree in 1856. In 1858, when Palliser's expedition was exploring a mountain pass near the continental divide of the Canadian Rockies, Hector was kicked and seriously wounded by a packhorse — while Hector recovered, the pass and nearby river have been known since as the Kicking Horse Pass and Kicking Horse River respectively.

He died in New Zealand.

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