Andrew Taylor was born in November of 1907 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to Winnipeg in 1911. He graduated with a B.Sc. (C.E.) from the University of Manitoba in 1931, and was commissioned as a Dominion Land Surveyor in 1932. Following service in the Royal Canadian Engineers, he was seconded to the British Antarctic Survey in 1943.
In his several careers, Dr. Taylor was exemplified qualities as a man of action and as a scientific researcher. He was an early pioneer of the application of new construction techniques to the conditions of Canada's North. His expertise in this field was sought after also by British and US authorities. The explorations, surveys and mapping he has conducted in both Canadian northern and Antarctic regions were carried out under often hazardous conditions and have stood the test of time.
Dr. Taylor's publications, especially on the Arctic Blue Books and on British Parliamentary Papers, have been of great value to other scholars. He received the silver Polar Medal, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1986.
He continues to reside in Winnipeg, and is probably the only University of Manitoba graduate who has had an Antarctic mountain named after him.