Samuel Delbert Clark was born on a farm near Steamstown in 1910. He attended public school and high school in Lloydminster. He went on to the University of Toronto. There he was influenced by Historian Harold Innis who was stressing the need to study the general forces influencing society. Clark would expand on these ideas and is credited with founding Sociology as a separate discipline for study in Canada. Clark was appointed as the University of Toronto’s first sociologist in 1938. Clark studied with Innis and attempted to relate elements of Canadian social organization to Innis’s staple approach. Clark also studied the social gospel, the Social Credit movement, political protest movements and suburban society.
He is regarded as on of the important scholars of the twentieth century in Canada.