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Born in Methwold, England , he received a BSc (1928) and his doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in chemistry (1930) from the King's College at the University of London. He emigrated to Canada in 1930 to join the chemistry faculty of the University of Saskatchewan as an assistant professor and was promoted to professor in 1938, head of the Department of Chemistry in 1948, and dean of the college of Graduate Studies in 1949. He was appointed President in 1960. During his tenure, the university grew from 4,500 to 13,500 full-time students.
During World War II, he developed search and rescue procedures for missing aircraft and was awarded the M.B.E.. After the war, he pioneered the use of radioactive isotopes in agricultural and chemical research.
The University of Saskatchewan open source computer labs were named the Spinks Labs.
He married Mary Strelioff in 1939.
He died in Saskatoon in 1997.
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