Harvey was born in Calgary, AB, and died in Victoria, BC, on November 28, 2018. Predeceased by his first wife, Pat Wood, he is survived by his wife, Margaret, and by his nephews and cousins and their families.
Harvey received degrees from the University of Alberta in mathematics and physics (BSc. Hon’50) and UBC in both applied mathematics (MA’52) and experimental physics (PhD’56). His post‑doctorate took him to Cambridge University. He later became a professor at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria.
He played several leadership roles at the University of Calgary and was inducted into the Order of the University of Calgary.
Gifted with a keen intellect and an endless sense of wonder and curiosity, Harvey saw the natural world as full of mysteries to unravel and complex problems to be solved. His combination of theoretical and experimental skills gave him a unique ability to function in both the academic and non‑academic worlds.