Navigation Links
Dr. John Polanyi wins Canada's most prestigious science award
Date:3/17/2008

This release is available in French.

OTTAWA Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Dr. Suzanne Fortier, president of NSERC, today announced that Nobel Laureate John C. Polanyi is the winner of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Canadas most prestigious science prize.

I congratulate Dr. Polanyi on winning this prestigious award and applaud him for more than 50 years of outstanding contributions to science and society, said Dr. Carrie. The Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal aligns with the vision and priorities of the Government of Canadas Science and Technology Strategy, which was announced by Prime Minister Harper in May of last year and reiterated in Budget 2008.

Named for Canadian Nobel Laureate Gerhard Herzberg, the annual prize guarantees the winner $1 million in research funding over the next five years.

After sharing the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for trailblazing a path to chemical lasers, Dr. Polanyi continues to make important breakthroughs, including discoveries that could revolutionize the way we manipulate molecules.

A University of Toronto chemistry professor, Dr. Polanyis long list of honours includes being named an Officer, and then a Companion, of the Order of Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Royal Society of London.

Dr. Polanyi's brilliance in science is complemented by a wide range of interests and a keen social conscience. He is a founding member of both the Committee on Scholarly Freedom of the Royal Society and the Canadian Committee for Scientists and Scholars, a human rights organization of which he is President.

The NSERC Herzberg Medal recognizes Canadian researchers whose work embodies the same combination of influence and excellence exemplified by Dr. Herzberg during his lifetime, commented Dr. Fortier. John Polanyi certainly epitomizes these values, through his research, as well as through his work in shedding new light on the social implications of science.

The other finalists for the NSERC Herzberg Medal are Dr. Gilles Brassard of the Universit de Montral and Dr. Graham Bell of McGill University. They will each receive a $50,000 research grant. As first-time finalists, Dr. Polanyi and Dr. Bell will also receive the NSERC Award of Excellence.

The NSERC Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal will be presented at a ceremony this evening in Ottawa. At the same event, NSERC will honour six rising stars of Canadian research as winners of the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships.


'/>"/>

Contact: Martine Perreault
martine.perreault@nserc.ca
613-996-7238
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. ESFs European ice core project EPICA receives prestigious Descartes Prize
2. PNNLs Richard Smith named to prestigious Scientific American 50 list of outstanding leaders
3. Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards prestigious fellowships to 17 top young investigators
4. Titanium Group to Showcase Products and Technologies in Prestigious Government Seminar
5. CIC Again Named to Software Magazines Annual Prestigious Software 500 List
6. UC Riverside biologist receives prestigious MacArthur Fellowship
7. RSC Project Prospect scoops prestigious award
8. 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting -- media advisory 2
9. Stakeholders use science to find common ground on wood supply from forests
10. Brains R Us: Neuroscience and education town hall
11. The art of using science to inform ecosystem restoration in Puget Sound
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/15/2016)... , March 15, 2016 ... report published by Transparency Market Research "Digital Door Lock Systems ... Forecast 2015 - 2023," the global digital door lock systems ... Mn in 2014 and is forecast to grow at a ... of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) across the world ...
(Date:3/11/2016)... March 11, 2016 http://www.apimages.com ) - ... Picture is available at AP Images ( http://www.apimages.com ) - ... be used to produce the new refugee identity cards. DERMALOG will ... at CeBIT in Hanover next week.   ... will be used to produce the new refugee identity cards. DERMALOG ...
(Date:3/9/2016)... March 9, 2016 This BCC Research report ... of the RNA Sequencing (RNA Seq) market for the ... instruments, tools and reagents, data analysis, and services. ... of the RNA-Sequencing market such as RNA-Sequencing tools and ... main factors affecting each segment and forecast their market ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. , April ... UTHR ) announced today that Martine Rothblatt , ... will provide an overview and update on the company,s ... Health Care Conference. The presentation will take ... Eastern Time, and can be accessed via a live ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... ... April 27, 2016 , ... ... PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) in existing third-party MRI ... testing novel treatments in small animal subjects. Simultaneous PET/MRI imaging offers a solution ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... 27, 2016 ReportsnReports.com adds ... specific focus on US, EU, China ... to the healthcare business intelligence collection of its ... Complete report on the Flow Cytometry market spread ... with 282 tables and figures is now available ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... , ... April 26, 2016 , ... ... lithography systems, announces the latest technology innovation for its Volume Pattern Generator (VPG) ... demand for production of advanced photomasks as well as a solution for mid ...
Breaking Biology Technology: