Honorary Degrees

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Honorary Degree Recipient, Dr. E.J. Baldes, 1955 (Photograph Collection, A-1695)
Name: Edward James Baldes, BA, PhD
Convocation date: May 14, 1955
Special Convocation: Special Convocation held in connection with the formal opening of the University Hospital
Discipline / contribution: medicine ; biophysics
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you a graduate of our own University who is a leader in the great contributions which physics and physiology are making to progress in medicine, to the renown of his alma mater. Born on these Western plains in the spring of 1898 in Nebraska, when hardly more than an infant he joined our early band of hardy pioneers, moving to Girvin, Saskatchewan. An honour student of the Saskatoon Collegiate, he entered this University in September 19l5. A brilliant academic record was climaxed with the award of the B.A. degree with high honours in Physics in 1918. But this, Mr. Chancellor, was not the end of his academic achievements. Double Ph.D. from Harvard and London - is surely a rare achievement. Our candidate has received this high honour in both Physics and Physiology.
All Westerners recognize the great pioneering venture in medicine for us represented by the Mayo Clinic, and it is therefore not surprising that our own young pioneer should be attracted to this institution, where for thirty years he has been an invaluable member of the Division of Physics and Biophysics, and is its present Director. During this time he has done outstanding work on blood flow, on osmotic pressure, in electrophysiology and in aviation medicine, end at the same time had given freely of his talents in coming to the aid of his clinical colleagues when their inventive imagination frequently outran their engineering ability. In honouring a member of the Mayo Foundation we recognize the close personal relationship already established in the friendship offered a new struggling school by this great institution.
His talents have been freely drawn on and freely given to his country, as a consultant to the United States Air Force, and other bodies in the National emergency, and acknowledged publicly by the President of the United States.
Eminent Chancellor, I ask that you confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Laps, honoris causa, on Edward James Baldes, for outstanding contributions through the application of physics to medicine.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: L.B. Jacques, Head of Physiology

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