Honorary Degrees

N.B.: The detail displayed about each honorary degree recipient varies, as the database was compiled from a variety of sources. However, more information may be available at the University Archives.


Honorary Degree Recipient, H.G. Thode, 1958 (Photograph Collection, A-1714)
Name: Henry George Thode, M.B.E., M.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.S.C.
Convocation date: May 9, 1958
Discipline / contribution: spectroscopy
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor: I present to you a distinguished scientist and chemist, Henry George Thode
After receiving his early training at this University, Dr. Thode proceeded to the University of Chicago where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1935. He then went to Columbia University as research assistant to Nobel Prize Winner Urey. Dr. Thode was subsequently appointed to a teaching position at McMaster University where he became successively Head of the Department of Chemistry, Principal of Hamilton College and Vice-President of the University. His researches in the field of isotopes and mass spectroscopy are internationally known and have brought many honors to him. His distinction as a scientist has been recognized by his election, at an early age, to the Royal Society of Canada, and more recently by his election to the Royal Society of London. He has also received the Platinum Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada and has sewed as President of the Chemical Institute. His interests in the wider aspects of science are indicated by the fact that he is a member of the National Research Council of Canada and the Defence Research Board. His outstanding skill as an administrator, his initiative and drive, have recently received further recognition in the installation, on the McMaster campus, of the first Canadian university nuclear reactor. As one of Dr. Thode’s friends said to me not long ago: ‘When Harry’s jaw goes out, things start to happen.’ What they didn’t know about was Harry’s fine country upbringing in rural Saskatchewan, on a farm which prided itself on a good herd of pedigree Hereford cattle and where excellence was the motto. This son of Saskatchewan has carried this love of excellence with him and he is now one of Canada’s most distinguished scientists.
Eminent Chancellor, I ask that you confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa,on Henry George Thode.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: J.W.T. Spinks, Dean of Graduate Studies

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