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Twelve U of T professors elected to Royal Society of Canada

Two honoured with medals for outstanding achievements

Jul 10/07

by Anjali Baichwal (about

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The Royal Society of Canada (RSC), this country’s oldest and most prestigious scholarly organization, has elected 78 new fellows to its ranks and 12 of them come from the University of Toronto. Two faculty members were also awarded medals for achievement in their fields by the RSC.

Named to the Academy of the Arts and Humanities are Professors James Brown of philosophy and Ian Lancashire of English. Joining the Academy of Social Sciences are Professors Gary Crawford of anthropology at U of T Mississauga, Kenneth Leithwood of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/UT, Peter Singer of bioethics, and Barry Wellman of sociology.

Named to the Academy of Science are Professors John Mylopoulos of computer science, Paul Young of civil engineering, Theodore Shepherd of physics, Lisa Jeffrey of computer and mathematical sciences at U of T Scarborough, Eugenia Kumacheva of chemistry, and Peter Martin of astronomy and astrophysics.

Professor John Challis of physiology was awarded the McLaughlin Medal, recognizing important research of sustained excellence in medical science. Professor Gregory Scholes of chemistry was named winner of the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry, given for outstanding research in physics and in chemistry.

“Being elected to the Royal Society of Canada is indeed an honour. It is a clear signal that a scholar has reached a very special level of expertise and achievement," said Tim McTiernan, interim vice-president (research). “We are honoured that the society has also bestowed the McLaughlin and Rutherford medals on two of our distinguished faculty members. The research of all of these scholars has and will continue to have an impact on Canadians’ lives.”

Founded in 1882, the society’s primary objective is to promote learning and research in the arts and sciences. The approximately 1,800 fellows are selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the natural and social sciences and the humanities. The new fellows will be inducted at a ceremony to be held in Ottawa on November 17.

Visit www.rsc.ca for a complete list of fellows and their citations.




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