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Convocation date: November 2, 1968
Discipline / contribution: alkaloid chemistry ; research administration
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Saskatoon Council and Senate, I present to you Leo Marion, at present Dean of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science at the University of Ottawa.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
A native of Ottawa, he received his university education at Queents and McGill, where he obtained the PhD degree in 1929. He began his career at the in National Research Council/the same year, becoming successively research chemist, head of the organic chemistry section, Director of the Division of Pure Chemistry, Senior Director of the National Research Council and finally Vice-President (Scientific in 1963. He resigned this post in 1965 to take up his present position at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Marion’s scientific work has been mainly in the field of alkaloid chemistry. He has published about two hundred scientific papers, and written chapters in books. As a scientist, he has an international reputation. His other activities, however, have yielded perhaps an even greater contribution to Canadian chemistry and Canadian science in general. During many of his years at the National Research Council he was responsible for administering the support program of research grants to university chemistry departments during a period of spectacular growth when wise control was vital. Furthermore, for seventeen years Dr. Marion was Editor-in-Chief of all the Canadian Journals of Research and for twelve years Editor of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry. His development of wise policies for the publication of Canadian scientific research at a time when such work was developing spectacularly has been of great and lasting importance.
Dr. Marion has received many honors for his contributions. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a fellow of an impressive number of prestigious societies, the recipient of many medals, prizes and honorary degrees from Universities in Canada, France and Poland.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Leo Marion, and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: K.J. McCallum, Head of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
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