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Convocation date: November 23, 1963
Discipline / contribution: chemistry
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor: On behalf of the University Council and Senate, I present to you Sir Hugh Stott Taylor, D.Sc., Litt.D., LL.D., F.R.S.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Sir Hugh Taylor was born in Lancashire and educated at the University of Liverpool, with further studies in Sweden and in Germany prior to the First World War. He then came to Princeton University, intending to remain for only a year or two, before returning to Great Britain. Fifty years later he is still living in Princeton where, over the decades, he has achieved a remarkable record as a chemist of great eminence, and as a distinguished dean of graduate studies. Chemists acknowledge that their present understanding of catalytic reactions is due primarily to the work of Sir Hugh Taylor, whose research has been of great practical importance contributing significantly to the development of the chemical industry as well as to pure science. To his scientific attainments he adds the force of a keen mind of wide interests, and of a personality of sturdy vigour and emphasis.
With such qualities he has well served the cause of education in the United States and abroad, and his merits have been widely recognized with the award of many honorary degrees and special medals, and admission to membership in various select scientific societies throughout the world. The Queen bestowed a knighthood on him in the Coronation Honours List. At the same time he also received a papal knighthood in recognition of services to his Church, for Sir Hugh has never found any difficulty in reconciling science and religion.
Since his retirement he has served as President of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, of which he was a founder many years ago, and as such he has been the special benefactor of many thousands of students who would otherwise have found no assistance for the key first year of postgraduate studies. Among these each year are many Canadians, to whom Sir Hugh insisted on opening the benefits of this great foundation.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Sir Hugh Taylor and ask that you confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: J.F. Leddy, Dean of Arts and Science and VP Academic
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